Applied Design and Product Development I & II

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The two newly introduced compulsory subjects AKPro I and II occupy a special key position in the new Master's course in Product Development.



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In AKPro, the students starts with a lecture block at the beginning of the course to deepen the interdisciplinary content from the areas of project management and model-based product development. These contents are then independently applied by the students in practical projects. The students work in small groups of up to 20 persons on projects with real tasks from industry and learn the development process from requirements definition to concept development to the validation of results by real cases.

Applied Design and Product Development I:

  • Introduction to the topic
  • Presentation of the project by the industrial partner
  • Project plan for the summer semester
  • List of requirements
  • Creating the function structure
  • Creating solutions to problems of principle
  • Concept creation with the morphological box
  • Concept evaluation and selection
  • Final presentation of the first semester

Applied Design and Product Development II:

  • Concept presentation
  • Project plan for the winter semester
  • Design under restrictions
  • Design principles and basic rules
  • Presentation of the interim results
  • Prototype construction and testing
  • Creation of the final documentation
  • Presentation of the drafts to the industrial standard partner

Cooperation with the Industry

Copyright: © Bucher Hydraulics Different valve sizes

The ifas participates with a construction project which is carried out in cooperation with Bucher Hydraulics.

The aim is to improve the design of an elevator valve which is used to control hydraulic passenger elevators.

  Schematic structure of the hydraulic valve Copyright: © Bucher Hydraulics Schematic structure of the hydraulic valve

The aim is to optimise the existing valves in terms of performance such as flow rate and pressure drop.

Elevator valves have a high demand on comfort and safety, which is achieved by a robust hydraulic design and intelligent electronics.

  Interfaces in the field of elevator hydraulics Copyright: © Bucher Hydraulics Interfaces in the field of elevator hydraulics

In order to ensure compatibility with existing passenger elevator systems, important interfaces must be maintained.


The Instructor

Ms. Prof. Schmitz Copyright: © Martin Braun

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katharina Schmitz

Head of Department, Institute for Fluid Power Drives and Systems