A special issue of International Journal of Design Engineering
Recent developments in hybrid intelligent machines, mechatronics, MEMS and nano devices has led to engineering design being reviewed at all scales.
The availability of dedicated and advanced simulation tools which are possibly sufficiently accurate to design and predict novel systems and processes could be key to achieve a leap in the way new systems at all scales are designed, especially if high order phenomena appearing at small scales are taken into consideration for micro and nanoscale.
In order to fully understand the variance of the design methodologies and procedures from large to small scales, it becomes crucial to highlight the aspects that may constitute key difference when downscaling a system. “System” here is taken to mean a machine, a machine element or a mechatronic device.
Design experiences and case studies within education or industry on a variety of systems at various scales are welcome in this special issue. It is fundamental to highlight design methodologies and/or procedures that were considered as being dependant on the scale.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Design methodologies at all scales
- Standard machines
- Large scale systems: telescopes, VLTI, space applications.
- Nanoscale systems
- Interdisciplinary design
- Integrated design
- Intelligent systems
- Functional systems
Submission of papers: 15 October, 2009
First decision notification: 15 November, 2009
Submission of revised papers: 15 December, 2009
Final decision notification: 15 January, 2010