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Early Stage Digital Twins for Early Stage Engineering Design

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Original languageEnglish
DateAccepted/In press - 7 Apr 2019
DatePublished (current) - 5 Aug 2019
Event22nd International Conference on Engineering Design - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Aug 20198 Aug 2019


Conference22nd International Conference on Engineering Design


While extensive modelling - both physical and virtual - is imperative to develop right-first-time products, the parallel use of virtual and physical models gives rise to two interrelated issues: the lack of revision control for physical prototypes; and the need for designers to manually inspect, measure, and interpret modifications to either virtual or physical models, for subsequent update of the other. The Digital Twin paradigm addresses similar problems later in the product life-cycle, and while these digital twins, or the "twinning" process, have shown significant value, there is little work to date on their implementation in the earlier design stages. With large prospective benefits in increased product understanding, performance, and reduced design cycle time and cost, this paper explores the concept of using the Digital Twin in early design, including an introduction to digital twinning, examination of opportunities for and challenges of their implementation, a presentation of the structure of Early Stage Twins, and evaluation via two implementation cases.


22nd International Conference on Engineering Design

Duration5 Aug 20198 Aug 2019
Degree of recognitionInternational event

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