Technical feasibility

PART B: VALORISATION PLAN

SECTION I: Testing

 

1

Has the R & D result been tested?

YES

The invention can be demonstrated but not ready to be applied directly to the market. Initial field tests have been already executed. It is in stage of prototyping.

NO

 

 

The following question is replied according to the reply in question 1

 

If yes

 

1a

In what mode has the result been tested?

•              Prototype

•              Pilot Application

•              Alpha/BETA testing

 

 

The proposed devise has passed scientific testing – the mathematical model has been proven kinematically and mechanically. Initial field tests are also undertaken showing positive results so far. The invention can be demonstrated but is not yet ready to be applied directly to the market. More efforts are needed for prototype development in terms of construction and more laboratory testing and pilot mass application.

 

1b. Please describe and discuss the testing results
Theoretical Soundness

Theoretically the proposed lever system has proven to be feasible by a number of national and international (German and Italian) scientists and practitioners.

Laboratory Testing

A small scaled model of the proposed device has been tested. Therefore the researcher has moved forward to:

Field tests

that are now executed in partnership with the Aerodynamics Laboratory of the Technical University of Sofia and aim to simulate the operation of the lever mounting system as if in real road conditions – performing tests on different road surfaces, different drive styles, speed and driving situations.

Material Tests

Furthermore, the researcher is doing material tests aiming to define the most appropriate material for the construction of the driving aggregate.

Application Tests:

Simultaneously, the inventor is constantly testing his driving aggregate for the possibilities of application and adaptation of his device for different types of automobiles – urban, sports car, etc.

Prototype: Significant efforts in prototype creation have been made so far. Three different constructions, as kinematical mechanism,  had been tested on one and the same vehicle. The researcher has also managed to start procedures for intellectual property rights research and protection.

 

 

If no:

 

1c

Describe what type of testing does the R&D result need?
Detailed comment

 

 

 

1d. What is the time needed for testing?
 
1e. What is the cost needed for testing?
 

SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development

 

2a

To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )
The researcher has already built close collaboration with mechanics, Technical University lecturers, a professor of the Science Academy, racing driver /national rally champion/ and technical laboratories in efforts to develop his idea. The inventor has some valuable interactions and feedback from industry representatives (automobile producers) for the potential application of his driving aggregate.

Further support is needed for:

Prototype improvement – more tests, including CAD CAM model and model simulations are needed,

Pilot Application – field tests, further material tests and pilot production are needed.

Market application is to be further explored and put in to more concrete terms as the device shows potential to be used both as complement to existing analogues or a replacement of them. It also could be marketed as an end-market product for tuning of vehicles already in operation, or it could target the automotive industry as a industrial application.

 

2b

What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?
The next crucial step for the researcher is to finalize the testing of his devise and visualize the findings. This means that significant efforts are needed for

Ø  CAD CAM model creation (CAD laboratory subcontracted)

Ø  Model simulations and

Ø  Prototype improvement – a mechanic and 2 people technical support, scientific team of 2-3 people for finalizing the field tests.

Ø  Speed tests at different conditions with measurement apparatus, telemetric tests with telemetric facilities  to prove the behavior and efficiency of the device will be also needed;

 

2c

What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?
2 automobiles with different drives (4×4 and back wheel drive) for further application exploitation.

A service-station with car gig and relevant equipment.

 

 

2d

Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.
The invention is almost completely developed – some final prototype improvements are needed. The researcher has already initiated preliminary negotiations with companies that have expressed their interest in the new product, both in terms of further joint development, manufacturing and marketing.

SECTION 3: Deployment

3a

Define the demands for large scale production in terms of
  • Materials
The Mounting automobile aggregate consists of steel mechanical parts, it is a leverage system and is constructed of standard mechanical components – automotive spare parts.

The materials used are not specific for the automotive industry (steel mainly) and therefore are available. The semi-finished mechanical parts do not require special technologies. The easy availability enables a stronger purchasing power towards the suppliers and the possibility to take advantage of economies of scale and to choose the best partner. The number of potential suppliers is high. This feature is also an advantage of the invention in terms of safety regulations as all the automobile parts regularly on sale are meeting all the safety and quality market regulations.

 

  • technologies, tools, machineries
In terms of prototyping (single production) the equipment required is not specific for the auto service-station:

One service-cell alongside with the standard equipment and vehicle gig is planned to be rented for the prototyping process. A team of two mill-wrights qualified for cold and warm operations and cutting will be enough for this deployment stage.

For the purpose of prototype refinement and large scale deployment, a specialized design software (CAD CAM) will be needed. This task could be easily outsourced to experienced team operating with the required specialized software as their contribution will be needed at just one stage of the whole deployment process and thus the costs of the project will be contained economical. The design service, together with model simulations and visualizations is expected to cost about 8 00 Euros and the selection of suitable contractor is already in process.

 

  • Staff effort
The researcher will need a team of two millwrights (шлосери) qualified for cold and warm operations and cutting will be enough for this deployment stage. Once the CAD model development is successfully outsourced, the researcher  together with his  will be able to take care of the final assembly and adjustments of the device providing directly for the promotion, marketing and installation of the product. This firsthand strategy allows tight control all over the realization process, quick reaction if possible modifications/adaptations are needed and possibility to monitor the pilot industrial integration and to optimize the organization.

 

 

 

SECTION 4: Overall Assessment

 

1

What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?
 

The proposed invention is in advanced stage in terms of technical feasibility – it has been mathematically modeled, theoretically justified and initially tested. Prototype development has already been started. The results so far show high potential for realization and further development. The researcher has a clear vision about the further steps for full deployment of his invention and experienced and capable of managing the process.

 

 

 

 

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