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Development of a Framework for the design for maintenance solutions based on a biomimicry methodology

Bergsma, M. (2018) Development of a Framework for the design for maintenance solutions based on a biomimicry methodology.

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Abstract:Maintenance is all around us. In small things, as: doing the dishes or servicing a car, but also in larger assets: think of trains, machinery at a production plant, buildings or infrastructure. The maintenance of these large or complicated structures can be very costly over their whole lifecycle. To make assets more cost effective we can design them to be more resilient, effective, efficient and sustainable. Nature has been found to be very effective, efficient and resilient. Organisms have evolved and have adjusted to their environments for 3.8 billion years, finding solutions to survive. As humans, we can learn from that library full of knowledge by looking at nature and finding out how it is done. Getting inspiration from nature and applying the solutions in technology is called biomimicry. In this research design for maintenance is combined with biomimicry in a framework, to include biomimicry based design in the field of maintenance. This thesis provides a literature review of existing design processes, maintenance / system engineering methodology and especially the biomimicry methodology. Interviews with employees from Arcadis provide insight in the work processes in practice and how design for maintenance is handled. Based on the literature review and interviews a framework is created that guides the design process to improve design for maintenance and to incorporate nature-inspired solutions. The framework is based on general system engineering and design processes and it is filled with categorized tools which come from maintenance engineering and the biomimicry methodology. This combination could provide more resilient, efficient, effective and sustainable designs. Resulting in benefits as less maintenance, longer asset lifetime and less lifecycle costs. After the creation of the framework, it is tested by application in a workshop at Arcadis. During the workshop, an existing case on renovation opportunities for a block of flats is re-executed to find nature-inspired solutions for insulation and ventilation problems. The feedback of the case is used for further development of the framework.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Industrial Design Engineering MSc (66955)
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