Improvement of system design process: Towards whole life cost reduction

Piotr Sydor, Essam Shehab, Tim Mackley, Phil John, Andrew Harrison

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This paper describes the early findings of a research project to investigate the development of design processes to achieve reduced Whole Life Cost (WLC) within the aerospace industry, with a main focus on civil large engines (CLE). An investigation has been performed into the means of influencing the design decision processes through the analysis and in-depth understanding of the key in-service cost drivers. A three-level approach has been proposed to improve and, in some cases, to ensure information flow to enable best possible decisions on the early system design stage. A mapping of the in-service cost drivers has been made to each level of approach to raise the awareness, to educate and finally, to directly influence system design engineers decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-297
Number of pages5
JournalProcedia CIRP
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 3rd International Conference in Through-life Engineering Services, 2014 - , United Kingdom
Duration: Nov 4 2013Nov 5 2013


  • Cost reduction
  • Design process improvement
  • Life cycle cost
  • Systems engineering
  • Whole Life Cost

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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