We use the following notable tools as needed in our projects:
- Axiomatic Design , for robust design based on functional analysis.
- Multiphysics simulation i.e. a set of parallel partial differential equation (pde) based coupled simulations. This can be coupled models of combustion, subsonic / hypersonic flow, and structural stress / vibration. A Space X GPU supported combustion simulation example can be found here.
- Designed Experiments it a very powerful tool in the statistical toolbox in finding innovative and viable technical solutions. These methods are valuable when the simulation model assumptions do not hold and when they are unknown in the outset. These can be used to solve problems that you are accustomed to “live with” or when you are pushing the limits of science and technology. User interface design optimization and setting design parameters for long mean time to failure can be application scenarios. Other examples are complex chemical processes and multiphysics in complex geometric structures with stability problems where simulations do not perform well.
It is important to balance the use of these and other tools for the best end-user solution. Selection and sequence is made on a case by case basis. A qualified project management approach is important for a successful project, both in terms of technical achievements and time and budget.