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Development of a digital twin for advanced manufacturing processes

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Development of a digital twin for advanced manufacturing processes
The objective of this activity is to develop a digital twin for a selected manufacturing process such as composite or additive manufacturing technologies.
The concept of digital twins in industry relates to the development of data models for physical systems to accurately reproduce physical and performance characteristics of processes and products. It is often referred to as a virtual replica of the physical asset which can be used to monitor and evaluate its performance. In the scope of Industry 4.0, the digitalization of manufacturing processes bring significant potential in the improvement, namely in lowering manufacturing costs, improving performances, increasing reliability, and in reducing the time to market. In this context the use of digital twins is seen as an essential tool to predict capacity, rate, yield, performance, and feeding in data to failure analysis models. Three categories of digital twins can be considered:
  • Supervisory: Passive process monitoring and identification of key thresholds.
  • Interactive: Limited control capabilities of process parameters.
  • Predictive: Full process simulation through model and data collection allowing real-time process control.
With this activity, the advantages of using a digital twin for a selected manufacturing process will be demonstrated including the following tasks:
  • Select a case study for a relevant manufacturing process such as composite or additive technologies;
  • Analyse the application of digital twins to the selected process, identify the variables to be measured, monitored, controlled;
  • Develop and tailor the digital twin model;
  • Implement and integrate the digital twin in the selected manufacturing process;
  • Establish performance assessment and validation of the developed digital twin. This is possibly complemented by failure analysis models and physical performance analysis of manufactured parts;
  • Assess the applicability of the developed digital twin tool to other MAIT processes in the space sector.
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Generic Technologies
Technology Domain
24 - Materials and Manufacturing Processes
Competence Domain
2-Structures, Mechanisms, Materials, Thermal
38-Advanced Manufacturing
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