Energy-efficient through-life smart design, manufacturing and operation of ships in an industry 4.0 environment

Ang, J. H., Goh, C., Flores Saldivar, A. A. and Li, Y. (2017) Energy-efficient through-life smart design, manufacturing and operation of ships in an industry 4.0 environment. Energies, 10(5), 610. (doi: 10.3390/en10050610)

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Abstract

Energy efficiency is an important factor in the marine industry to help reduce manufacturing and operational costs as well as the impact on the environment. In the face of global competition and cost-effectiveness, ship builders and operators today require a major overhaul in the entire ship design, manufacturing and operation process to achieve these goals. This paper highlights smart design, manufacturing and operation as the way forward in an industry 4.0 (i4) era from designing for better energy efficiency to more intelligent ships and smart operation through-life. The paper (i) draws parallels between ship design, manufacturing and operation processes, (ii) identifies key challenges facing such a temporal (lifecycle) as opposed to spatial (mass) products, (iii) proposes a closed-loop ship lifecycle framework and (iv) outlines potential future directions in smart design, manufacturing and operation of ships in an industry 4.0 value chain so as to achieve more energy-efficient vessels. Through computational intelligence and cyber-physical integration, we envision that industry 4.0 can revolutionise ship design, manufacturing and operations in a smart product through-life process in the near future.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Flores Saldivar, Mr Alfredo and Goh, Dr Cindy Sf and Ang, Joo and Li, Professor Yun
Authors: Ang, J. H., Goh, C., Flores Saldivar, A. A., and Li, Y.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Energies
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:1996-1073
ISSN (Online):1879-0178
Published Online:29 April 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Energies 10(5):610
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
728041Industrial Systems in the Digital AgeYun LiEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/P001246/1ENG - ENGINEERING SYSTEMS POWER & ENERGY