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International Journal of Collaborative Enterprise
International Journal of Collaborative Enterprise


Special Issue on: "Reverse Engineering"

Guest Editors:
Dr Ali K. Kamrani, University of Houston, USA
Prof. Abdulrahman M. Al-Ahmari and Dr Emad S. Abouel Nasr, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

The engineering design process includes a set of activities arranged in a specific order with the clearly identified inputs and outputs. The objective of this process is to satisfy customer requirements and management objectives. This process is considered efficient when output of the process satisfies general customer and defined requirements, meets management objectives and customer deadlines, and all these with less costs and resources. This process is based on forward engineering life cycle.

Reverse engineering is the process of disassembly, measurement, analysis and documentation of all features of components associated with an existing product. The results of the RE process could be a CAD model, strength or weaknesses of the current design, new design specifications and other design related issues. Reverse engineering has been used widely in a variety of industries such as electronics, aerospace, medical and auto. Examples of why RE can be used are:

  • Original manufacturer of a product no longer produces the same product
  • Inadequate documentation of the original design
  • Bad features of a product need to be improved.
  • Competitive benchmarking
  • The original CAD model is not sufficient to support design, etc.

The purpose of this special issue is the publication of research reports and application descriptions in the advancement of RE methods and technologies and its impact on the engineering design including manufacturing for the 21st century’s customer focused product.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Methodologies and techniques for RE
  • Reverse engineering life cycle
  • Geometric modelling and GD&T considerations
  • Input methods and analysis: contact and non-contact
  • Design optimisation and CAD/CAM/CAE
  • Application of available technologies
  • New technologies
  • Additive manufacturing and RE
  • Mass customisation and RE
  • Medical applications and RE
  • Case studies and other related topics

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Full paper submission: September 30, 2010 (extended)

Notification of reviews: November 15, 2010

Revised manuscript submission: December 15, 2010

Notification of acceptance: January 30, 2011

Final Paper Revision and submission to the editor: February 15, 2011