In the scope of the curricular unit (UC) of Advanced Production Technologies (APT), the present assignment corresponds to an evaluation component of the UC, where it is intended the analysis of a given technology, its application to a societal need and the development of a H2020 SME Instrument Phase 1 application proposal (https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/sme-instrument). For the latter, each group must select a paper, of the bellow pool, where the technology to be explored is covered.

List of selectable papers:

  1. Experimental and Numerical Study of Convective Heat Transfer and Laminar Flow of a MWCNTs Nanofluid in a Horizontal Tube https://doi.org/10.1166/jon.2019.1565
  2. HFCVD Diamond-Coated Mechanical Seals http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/coatings8050172
  3. Axial crush behaviour of the aluminium alloy in-situ foam filled tubes with very low wall thickness https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.02.094
  4. Thermo‐mechanical characterization of shape‐memory polyurethane nanocomposites filled with carbon nanotubes and graphene nanosheets https://doi.org/10.1002/pc.24760
  5. Optimization of a thermal energy storage system provided with an adsorption module – A GenOpt application in a TRNSYS/MATLAB model https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2018.02.027
  6. Biomechanical evaluation of pyrocarbon proximal interphalangeal joint arthroplasty: An in-vitro analysis https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2018.01.005
  7. Mimicking nature: Fabrication of 3D anisotropic electrospun polycaprolactone scaffolds for cartilage tissue engineering applications https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.08.001
  8. Phase change materials and carbon nanostructures for thermal energy storage: A literature review https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2017.05.093

The assignment is to be done in groups 3 to 4 persons. The assignment represents 60% of the final grade of the UC, whatever the students are in discrete evaluation or in final evaluation.

The development of the assignment can be divided in five parts: i) Comprehension of the technology proposed in the paper; ii) Development of a new product based on the technology or integration of the technology in an existing product and identification of stakeholders*; iii) Business model idealization; iv) Product prototyping idealization; and v) H2020 SME Instrument Phase 1 application.

It is very much recommended that groups interact with the authors of the paper for a clear comprehension of the technology. It is also recommended the interaction with other stakeholders or potential investors so that the proposed new product is developed in a more realistic environment.

The assignment must be developed with the fulfillment of the following milestones:

M1 | Oct 18 | Paper Technology
Deliverable: 3 minutes video explaining the technology proposed in the paper.

M2 | Nov 8 | New product proposal
Deliverable: 5 minutes video explaining the new product based on the technology or integration of the technology in an existing product and identification of stakeholders.

M3 | Nov 22 | Business model idealization
Deliverable: 3 minutes video explaining the business model that will be adapted. Up-load to Moodle until 23h00.

M4 | Nov 29 | Product prototyping idealization
Deliverable: 3 minutes video explaining the fabrication process for producing/prototyping the product.

M5 | Dec 13 | Full assignment presentation and discussion
Deliverable: none | 6 minutes presentation of the full assignment followed by discussion of the proposals

M6 | Dec 20 | H2020 SME Instrument Phase 1 application.
Deliverable: H2020 SME Instrument Phase 1 application (using official template)


Final Remarks:

1) The deliverables, presentation and discussion above mentioned, can be either in English or Portuguese.

2) The assignment can be later reformulated, and all the deliverables handed again, in the “normal” exams period and/or “recurso” exams period.


(*) A stakeholders is an individual, group, or organization, who may affect, be affected by, or perceive itself to be affected by a decision, activity, or outcome of a project or activity.


Rating criteria
The work developed by the groups should express good technical-scientific quality, namely, fulfill the stated objectives in the assignment description, present knowledge about the state of the art, present the information in a rigorous and sustained way, as well as a good critical analysis of the results obtained. Presentations and deliverables must be clear and concise. The authors of the works must present good reasoning regarding the questions and comments placed.

Scale of qualitative classifications and their respective numerical scales
Excellent (19-20): Completely achieved goals, perfect presentations and deliverables (or with errors of detail, but of little importance) and presentation of objective indicators of excellence: report that can easily be converted into a scientific articles or equivalent;
Very good (17-18): Completely achieved goals and presentations and deliverables above average;
Good (15-16): generally achieved goals and correct presentations and deliverables in general, with some failures and / or omissions admitted;
Satisfies (13-14): goals partially achieved and presentations and deliverables reasonable, but with noticeable gaps;
Sufficient (10-12): objectives partially achieved and presentations and deliverables corresponding to the minimum criteria required.

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