Acquiring Innovative Manufacturing Engineering Knowledge for the Preliminary Design of Complex Mechanical Components

  • S. MountneyEmail author
  • R. Roy
  • J. Gao
Conference paper


This research is concerned with the identification and sharing of the knowledge required during preliminary design when the manufacturing process is in development. An investigation was undertaken using a complex mechanical component with an innovative manufacturing process. The designers and manufacturing engineers involved in the preliminary design were interviewed and the data analysed. The difference in knowledge requirements depending on the domain specialism emerged as a significant finding. A schematic diagram to illustrate the knowledge interactions between the specialist domains was created. This will be used to create a methodology to facilitate the identification and sharing of manufacturing knowledge requirements.


Knowledge sharing Innovative manufacturing processes 



The authors would like to acknowledge the assistance and support of the project sponsor Rolls-Royce, particular Steve Wiseall, Peter Hill, Steven Halliday, Michael Moss and the anonymous contributors to the data collection. They would also like to acknowledge the support of the EPSRC and the DEC at Cranfield University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Engineering and MathematicsSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK
  2. 2.Manufacturing DepartmentCranfield University, CranfieldBedfordUK
  3. 3.School of EngineeringUniversity of GreenwichChatham MaritimeUK

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