Life Cycle Product Design (At "Factor 10" Level): A Case Study Involving Innovative Mechanical Design Of a Remote Area Ground Water Pumping System

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
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Proceedings of ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE2005), 2005, pp. 1 - 11
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For humanity to be able to meet its needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own, we must create a sustainable and customised service economy. For all the people of the world to be able to share in this goal, including both marginal operators in economically developed countries and most farmers in currently less economically developed countries, we need to increase resource productivity by a factor of 10. This paper describes a conceptual design process in which the designer is looking to achieve this factor 10 improvement at a system design level. Order of magnitude upgrading, on the performance of existing products, calls for an innovative approach to the design process. We outline a methodology, Trend-Morph-PDS, and show in a case study how it has been applied to the development of a ground-water pumping system. This type of system is in demand in geographically remote areas, where low well yield rates are typical, and rather complicated wind or solar pumps are commonly used for these low-yield-well pumps.
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