Derive and integrate sustainability criteria in design space exploration of additive manufactured components

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nad
Author: Mallalieu, Adam (1); Martinsson Bonde, Julian (1); Watz, Matilda (2); Wallin Nylander, Johanna (3); Hallstedt, Sophie I. (1,2); Isaksson, Ola (1)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Chalmers University of Technology; 2: Blekinge Institute of Technology; 3: GKN Aerospace
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 1197-1206
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Additive manufacturing has the potential to decrease the climate impact of aviation by providing more light-weight designs. Sustainability is however required to be assessed from a systemic view, including all lifecycle phases, and from a social, ecologic, and economic dimension. This is however challenging in early phase design, where also a large design space need to be explored. A case study is carried out with an aerospace company where two candidate engineering design tools are combined to address this. The integration of these two engineering tools are applied on a Turbine Rear Structure, and shows promising results in enabling a systemic view of sustainability to be integrated and assessed in early phase design space explorations of additive manufactured components. It is recommended that the integration between the two tools is further established and validated.

Keywords: Sustainability, Design methods, Additive Manufacturing, Digital Design Experiments, Sustainability Criteria

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