We are leading a project to tackle barriers and help accelerate ‘certification by analysis’ capabilities in the UK
Digital technologies and simulation techniques offer significant opportunities to optimise physical testing within existing certification frameworks.
Accelerating pathways to certification is critical to the commercial viability and early introduction of net zero generation products that will be manufactured and designed in entirely new ways.
The traditional ‘make and test’ approach may no longer be the optimum choice. Increasing complexity and the pressure to keep costs and development times competitive demand a review of regulatory and certification frameworks.
A physical ‘make and test’ approach relies on experience, knowledge and large-scale experiments and demonstrators to generate certification data – but in most cases these are prohibitively costly and time-consuming.
In fact, this approach is impossible for some new products.
We are leading a new project to tackle barriers and help accelerate ‘certification by analysis’ capabilities in the UK – bringing together an expert team from across manufacturing. Representatives from industry, regulators and universities are working together alongside our own experts to lay the foundations for the future of ‘certification by analysis’.
The Towards product certification by analysis project will help address the challenges of digital certification, including:
Constructing a common certification assessment methodology to assess the relative readiness level of individual products to transition to ‘certification by analysis’, with results feeding into a roadmap.
Testing the methodology and producing a detailed study to establish the first steps towards accelerating certification of composite and steel pressure vessels.
Constructing an engineering IT test environment to enable the team to work with software companies, to evaluate future digital ecosystem needs for ‘certification by analysis’.