Projects / Programmes source: ARIS

Intelligent Computer Aided Design

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.11.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Mechanical design   
2.05.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Mechanics   
2.07.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Computer science and informatics   
5.01.00  Social sciences  Educational studies   

Code Science Field
T120  Technological sciences  Systems engineering, computer technology 

Code Science Field
2.11  Engineering and Technology  Other engineering and technologies 
intelligent computer aided systems, engineering and design, mechanical engineering, drive and transport technology, engineering computational methods, computer simulations, operational strength, systematic maintenance, education and training, knowledge transfer
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Researchers (33)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  04433  PhD Boris Aberšek  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2013  735 
2.  20436  PhD Aleš Belšak  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2013  351 
3.  25799  PhD Matej Borovinšek  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2013  345 
4.  11594  PhD Polona Dobnik-Dubrovski  Textile and leather  Researcher  2009 - 2013  208 
5.  34483  PhD Kosta Dolenc  Educational studies  Junior researcher  2011 - 2013  142 
6.  10608  PhD Bojan Dolšak  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2013  414 
7.  03014  PhD Jože Flašker  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2013  784 
8.  29576  PhD Franci Gačnik  Mechanical design  Junior researcher  2009 - 2011  29 
9.  13068  PhD Srečko Glodež  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2013  845 
10.  10470  PhD Nenad Gubeljak  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2010  871 
11.  33256  PhD Gregor Harih  Mechanical design  Junior researcher  2010 - 2013  115 
12.  13714  PhD Simona Jevšnik  Textile and leather  Researcher  2009 - 2013  343 
13.  27723  PhD Niko Jezernik  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Junior researcher  2009  28 
14.  24100  PhD Jasmin Kaljun  Architecture and Design  Researcher  2009 - 2013  250 
15.  10606  PhD Marko Kegl  Mechanics  Researcher  2009 - 2010  349 
16.  25791  PhD Marko Knez  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2013  34 
17.  34489  PhD Aljaž Kovačič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2011 - 2013  40 
18.  30487  Anton Kresnik    Technical associate  2009 - 2010 
19.  21379  PhD Tone Lerher  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2013  617 
20.  03991  PhD Marina Novak  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2013  133 
21.  03700  PhD Stanislav Pehan  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2013  498 
22.  27557  PhD Rok Potočnik  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2013  52 
23.  21382  PhD Jožef Predan  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2010  404 
24.  27726  Matej Rajh  Mechanical design  Junior researcher in economics  2009  18 
25.  08779  PhD Zoran Ren  Mechanical design  Head  2009 - 2013  1,309 
26.  29566  PhD Urška Sancin  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2012  24 
27.  34482  PhD Marko Šori  Mechanical design  Junior researcher  2011 - 2013  50 
28.  16170  PhD Matjaž Šraml  Traffic systems  Researcher  2009 - 2013  480 
29.  03701  MSc Frančišek Tašner  Energy engineering  Technical associate  2009 - 2013  69 
30.  11115  PhD Samo Ulaga  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2013  221 
31.  06676  PhD Miran Ulbin  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2013  341 
32.  23463  PhD Matej Vesenjak  Mechanical design  Researcher  2009 - 2013  734 
33.  19095  PhD Boštjan Zafošnik  Mechanical design  Researcher  2011 - 2012  113 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0795  University ob Maribor, Faculty of mechanical engineering  Maribor  5089638010  23,874 
2.  0797  University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture  Maribor  5089638011  12,776 
3.  2547  University of Maribor, Faculty of natural sciences and mathematics  Maribor  5089638051  17,889 
Research programme is primarily concerned with development of intelligent software agents, which will enable easier and faster development of optimal engineering products even for less experienced users of computer aided design software. Modern design approach is based on assuring the product functionality during its life-cycle with appropriate RMS (Reliability, Maintainability, Supportability) programme. Supporting intelligent software agents for effective implementation of RMS programme will comprise interdisciplinary knowledge of engineering design, computational analysis and simulation, production, marketing, economic impact, maintenance etc. Development of intelligent software agents will be focused on thematic research areas, which are being addressed by participating research groups within the research programme. The thematic research areas are the following: design of mechanical elements, gears and drives in particular; advanced engineering computational methods, computer simulations and expert systems, design of transport systems and devices, logistic analyses and simulations of transport-storage systems in modern industry, methodology of permanent professional education based on distance learning as a building block of model innovative process. The prime aim of programme group research work is to develop pilot tools, methods and strategies, which will contribute towards initiation and expansion of innovative processes in development of new products in Slovenian companies. Wider aim is to contribute towards better quality of engineering work and production.
Significance for science
The entirely new procedures for dedicated intelligent computer-aided design of machine elements made of modern (light-weight) engineering materials, used in airspace and automotive industry, medicine, robotics and in other fields of application, were developed in the framework of the research programme, , which will then be used. The conducted scientific research work contributed to the development of science in the field of engineering design of modern engineering structures made of modern engineering materials. New intelligent software tools, original computational methods, algorithms and models for computer simulations of the most complex engineering problems were developed for this purpose. The developed computer models enable more precise and more reliable simulations of behaviour of components made from ordered and non-ordered cellular materials under the influence of impact loads. New constitutive and computer models ensure more accurate simulation results and enables development of innovative and competitive solutions to increase impact safety in different industrial fields and applications. New procedures to define the lifetime of most complex engineering structures made from high-strength steel and subjected to dynamic load were also developed together with relevant experimental testing programme to determine required material parameter. Fundamental research of instable fracture processes of high-strength steels represent an essential contribution to science development, primarily in relation to the introduction of two-parametric fracture mechanics method as a tool for better description of fracture behaviour and direct integrity estimation of the actual design components. In the field of mechanisms and haptic devices, the conducted research and developed methodologies enable better understanding of the robot capabilities in its working environment and provide tools for efficient optimisations of their structural parameters with the objective to achieve homogeneity of a robot speed field. The development of effective adaptive basic functions of project elements contributes to further the procedures for topology optimization of planar and spatial robots. The research results in the filed of flat fabric engineering and construction represent a new fundamental knowledge regarding the influence of non-woven fabric constructional parameters on the porous structure and the influence of woven fabric constructional parameters on UPF (ultraviolet protection factor of fabrics). This knowledge is an useful "tool" for optimal planning of fabric's end-usage properties.
Significance for the country
Newly developed knowledge and research results generated within the research programme contribute to competitiveness increase of research and socio-economic sphere e.g. companies that make use of this knowledge in direct and indirect way. The successful transfer of new knowledge in an industrial environment is the basis for the increase in value added products and to improve the competitiveness of Slovenian companies on the European and world market. Members of the research programme have been successfully working with many companies in Slovenia and in some neighboring countries in the areas of their research activities for many years. Transfer of knowledge in form of developed methodologies, models and solutions developed within the research programme into industrial businesses enables them access to use the cutting-edge tools for design and construction of the most complex engineering structures, which significantly increase their competitiveness. Specifically home appliances manufacturers are increasingly using modern engineering materials (e.g. plastics, metal and non-metallic foams) and they are using some applicative tools developed within the research programme for the efficient design of these materials, contributing to a more efficient and economical manufacturing of engineering components. The introduction of the developed intelligent computer systems for the purpose of developing new products, manage their production, marketing, use and maintenance allows Slovenian companies development of more efficient products and thus facilitates their competitive access to the domestic and demanding world markets. The results of the research program in the field of modeling dynamic impact problems are also used to develop new road safety elements designed to minimize and mitigate the consequences of accidents. Increased safety and reduction of the number of injuries and casualties in traffic accidents will indirectly shorten the absence of employees from work and the number of days of sick leave; as a result, the disturbances of working processes will be less frequent, and compensation costs will decrease. This is reflected in savings in the economy and in the health care system. In the field of mechanisms and haptic devices, the research results are used to support companies in planning and implementation of robotised productions systems. The results in form of developed computer tools present strategic advantage to companies in actual and virtual planning of robotised production systems. Newly developed prediction models of nonwoven's porosity parameters and woven fabric's UPF allow textile companies easier and faster development of a new fabroc constructions within the phase of a new product development and at the same time reduce costs of research and experimental batches of textile production.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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