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International Journal of Product Development
International Journal of Product Development


Special Issue on: "IT Based Proactive Design and Synthesis for X in Product Life-Cycle Design"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Lionel Roucoules, Troyes University of Technology, France
Dr. Xiu-Tian Yan, University of Strathclyde, UK
Professor Benoit Eynard, Troyes University of Technology, France

Design for X has been established as a key design method in modern product development to reduce the product development lead time and manufacturing cost. Various specific techniques have been developed and used in mechanical and electronic products design successfully. In recent years, the design constraints imposed on designers have been extended from the traditional manufacturing consideration to even wider ones, including factors such as environment, legal requirements and sustainability. This has created an even bigger challenge for engineering designers to tackle so-called life-cycle issues at the early design stages. The research question of how to consider, use and foresee all these life-cycle implications and consequences resulting from design decisions made at the early design stage becomes an important research challenge.

The aim of this special issue is therefore to present the state of the art research results in this focused area, and promote an awareness of the research issues, results, tools developed to support better life-cycle design considerations. The special issue will present a balanced view of the challenging problem definition, new framework and methodologies proposed, IT based solutions, effective approaches applied in different industrial sectors, evaluations of the approaches and identifications of future research directions.

Subject Coverage
Papers that address, but are not limited, to the following topics are welcome:
  • New theory and approaches in proactive design and synthesis for X
  • IT methods and tools for capturing life-cycle knowledge to support early conceptual design
  • Knowledge based design and synthesis for X support
  • CAD based tools in proactive design and synthesis for X
  • Information technology tools and proactive design and synthesis for X
  • Multiple life phase design considerations at conceptual design
  • Design for X based decision-making support approaches
  • Design trade-offs in proactive design and synthesis for X
  • Multi-criteria optimization in design and synthesis for X
  • Design for X in large and complex system design
  • Design decision making in proactive design and synthesis for X
  • Applications of design and synthesis for X methods in industry, e.g. mechanical system design, electronic system design
  • Proactive design and synthesis for disassembly
  • Proactive design for maintenance and repair
  • Design and synthesis for X evaluation methods and techniques, e.g. visualisation techniques, in decision-making support

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

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

Manuscripts due by: 3 December 2007

Notification of acceptance to authors: 3 March 2008

Final versions due by: 1 August 2008