Digital Twin Development Framework

Digital Twin (DT) was first introduced in aerospace field by NASA as “an integrated multi-physics, multiscale simulaion of a vehicle or system that uses the best available physical models, sensor updates, fleet history, ect., to mirror the life of its correspondin flying twin”.

The attributes of DT that allow real-time field data management, bi-directional communication between physical and virtual representation, and integration with data analytics and the advanced visualisation techniques make DT becomes one of the most promising enabling technologies for realising ‘Industrie 4.0’.

Funded by EPSRC research grant, DigiTOP (Digital toolkit for optimisation of operators and technology in manufacturing partnerships) project develops a guideline for DT implementation to enable industries in different sectors harnessing the power of digitalisation to their own business benefits.

This repository is structured as follows:

1.The figure below is an overview of the DT building steps

a table showing the overview of digital twin building steps

2. The example of how this guideline is applied to create a DT is provided in Digital twin step by step and for more detail information please refer to the Digital Twin development: A step by step guideline paper.

3. Using the developed guideline, please refer to the Helicopter Computer DT system and the Gearbox DT to see how the Desktop-based DT and AR-based DT look like.

4. For further development in the design of an adaptive DT data framework (e.g. to sustain the change of DT when its physical counterpart evolves), please refer to A Design Framework for Adaptive Digital Twins paper.