The structuration of a product, i.e. the distribution of product functions and components, has a great influence in all the phases of the product life cycle. As a consequence, the optimization of the product structure is a largely addressed topic. Product modular structure or product modularization is a highly cited approach. It is claimed to confer a large range of advantages, e.g. enabling for mass customization, allow environmentally friendly EoL strategies, reduce product development costs, allowing efficient work in loosely coupled organization.
Status: runs Partners: Collaborative Research Center 1O26 "Sustainable Manufacturing". Funded by: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Keywords: product modularization, modularity, product modular structure, design decomposition, part integration.
However, a clear view of the advantages of modularization and of the corresponding methods is still to be developed. This project aims at providing a clear view on the contribution of product modular structure for sustainable product development. It shall allow designers to find the right method for product structuration corresponding to their sustainability goals.
- perform a systematic review of the engineering design literature with the aim of developing a conceptual map of modularization methods, guidelines, drivers and sustainability objectives.
- development of a comprehensive and coherent conceptual structure (e.g. ontology) of modularization methods, guidelines, drivers and sustainability objectives.
- integration of the conceptual map in an Design Decision Assistant helping to find the right methods to implement modularization in order to follow sustainability goals.