Virtual Prototyping


The constant innovation of the product and the reduction of the time to market are played the key factors for the competitiveness of the all manufacturing companies. The introduction of new innovative products in the market, requires the use of a innovative methods and tools, in other to calculate the behavior and the product performances, consideration the interactions with the end user.
Therefore, it is necessary to development a news approach and methodology user-friendly, able to implement quickly and easily the different products and process.
The research activity aims at the development of CAD models based able to interaction with numerical simulators (0D, 1D, 2D, 3D) and simulate and optimize product performance. Starting from the commercial tools have been implemented approaches and / or methods that can communicate quickly and easily with the designer but at the same time produce a good results of the virtual simulation.
The use of these approaches is implemented during the entire life cycle of the product, from the concept phase going to its maturity, up to its end of life, as a continuous improvement is required from the current world markets.


The activities are carried out in the Virtual Prototyping laboratory

  1. Landi, D., Cicconi, P., Germani, M., 2019. A design methodology for the virtual energy labelling of cooking ovens. International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing. Doi:10.1007/s12008-019-00533-2
  2. Russo, A.C., Rossi, M., Landi, D., Germani, M., Favi, C., 2018. Virtual Eco-design: How to Use Virtual Prototyping to Develop Energy-labelling Compliant Products. Procedia CIRP Volume 69, Pages 668-673. Doi: 10.1016/j.procir.2017.11.076.
  3. Landi, D., Capitanelli, A., Germani, M., 2018. Ecodesign and Energy Labelling: The Role of Virtual Prototyping. Procedia CIRP, Volume 61, 2017, Pages 87-92. Doi: 10.1016/j.procir.2016.11.144
  4. Cicconi, P., Landi, D., Germani, M., 2017. Thermal analysis and simulation of a Li-ion battery pack for a lightweight commercial EV. Applied Energy Volume 192, Pages 159-177. Doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.02.008.
  5. Cicconi, P., Landi, D., Germani, M., Russo, A.C., 2017. A support approach for the conceptual design of energy-efficient cooker hoods. Applied Energy, Volume 206, Pages 222-239. Doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.08.162.
  6. Mengoni, M., Germani, M., 2009, Reverse Engineering and Restyling of Aesthetic Products Based on Sketches Interpretation, Research in Engineering Design, Vol. 20 (2), pp. 79-96, 2009. (Scopus: 2-s2.0-67650757115, WOS:000267542300002, ISSN: 0934-9839. DOI: 10.1007/s00163-008-0054-1).
  7. Mengoni, M., Germani, M., 2010, A methodology for sketch analysis to support maintaining the design intent in virtual prototyping, Journal of Design Research, Vol. 8(3), pp. 189-213 (Scopus: 2-s2.0-79952895117, DOI: 10.1504/JDR.2010.032606, ISSN 1748-3050).
  8. Mengoni, M., Graziosi, S., Mandolini, M., Peruzzini, M., 2011, A knowledge-based workflow to dynamically manage human interaction in extended enterprise, International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing (IJIDeM) Vol.5 (1), pp.1-15. (Scopus: 2-s2.0-79551580564, DOI: 10.1007/s12008-010-0103-7, ISSN: 1955-2513).
  9. Germani, M., Mengoni, M., Peruzzini, M., 2011. How to address virtual teamwork in SMEs by an innovative co-design platform, International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, Vol. 5(1), pp. 54-72. (Scopus: 2-s2.0-78751625811, ISSN 1743-5110, DOI: 10.1504/IJPLM.2011.038102)
  10. Giraldi, L., Ceccacci, S., Mengoni, M., 2018, “QUALITY ASSESSMENT OF BUSINESS 2 BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS: A QUALITATIVE APPROACH BASED ON THE RELATIONAL CAPABILITY” Journal of Industrial Integration and Management, Vol. 3 (2) (DOI:10.1142/S2424862218500082).
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