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Design methods for industrial Engineering

Description of the research Group

The working group has been active for more than twenty years in the design of special operating machines, for scientific research and testing.

More recently, the group has developed skills in basic training for ISO GPS (Geometrical Product Specification) and ASME GD&T (Geometrical Dimensioning and Tolerancing) standards. In fact, in an increasingly globalised industrial fabric, it has become strategic to master the technical languages in which the geometries of products are rigorously expressed. However, these languages are still little applied in Italian companies. In addition, ISO GPS standards have undergone more than one revision in recent years and therefore require a new diffusion among the technical staff of the companies.

Part of this diffusion is taking place through the introduction of new graduate engineers: in fact, the request for GPS/GD&T skills is increasingly frequent during job interviews. In other cases, the working group has been called upon to carry out ad hoc updating interventions with the subjects who increasingly frequently identify this need.

Research activities

Integrated approach to innovation in teaching methods for technical drawing

Motivations for the research activity on teaching methods are:

  • institutional duty;
  • evaluation cost reduction;
  • establishing convenient relationships between teaching, research and publications;
  • developing educational programs for non-academic learners; consolidating learning outcomes.

This topic has been carried out by the Engineering Design Group of UniBS for about twelve years.

Over time, our innovation were divided into four integrated directions: definition of prerequisites, expected outcome evaluation grids; authentic assessment methods; teaching and learning tools.

 

Proof-of-concept Lab

The facility originates from the evolution of a modeling laboratory for industrial design and now deals with the design, development and implementation of experimental devices for scientific research. The aim is to support the early stages of experimental research projects of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. The hallmark of the Laboratory lies in its interdisciplinary working methods, which have already made it possible to obtain remarkable results in very different scientific fields.

  • Among the most interesting examples are the following:
  • Construction of an instrument that exploits the properties of cosmic rays in order to measure the subsidence of historical buildings; developed in collaboration with the Experimental Physics group;
  • Design and production of devices for the qualitative assessment of the drying process of sludge generated by the inertization of fly ash from waste incinerators; carried out with the Chemical for Technologies Group;
  • Development of an interactive tool for self-learning the relationship between mechanical machining and dimensioning of the technical drawings; developed in collaboration with the Engineering Design Group.

 

Industrial and off-highway vehicles and machinery

Many research projects and degree thesis have been performed so far. The topics span through vehicle working performance improvements, operator comfort, vehicle and trasnmission packaging and layout.

Particular attention has been paid to innovation activities, developed in collaboration with R&D departments of several companies.

 

Partnership with Brixia Accessibility Lab (BrAL)

In collaboration with the members of BrAl, research projects have been developed on the design of technical aids for disabled people.

For example, we mention the creation of customised hand orthoses starting from the 3D scanning of the limb and the design of a trekking/hiking wheelchair to accompany disabled people along the mountain paths.

Keywords

Engineering education; Technical drawing; Design methods; Geometrical Product Specifications (GPS); Industrial and off-highway vehicles and machinery.

Group members