U.Porto Journal of Engineering (ISSN 2183-6493), a publication of the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in several areas of engineering.
All papers are peer-reviewed by at least two referees. UPjeng is managed to be issued twice in every volume, considering publication of special issues related to engineering conferences selected papers.
The subject areas covered by the journal include all areas related to engineering such as chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering and materials engineering.
Vol. 8 No. 5 (2022): Chemical Product Engineering (MIEQ)
Product Engineering is a crucial competence for a modern engineer. The jobs in the Chemical Engineering sector have been evolving from commodities production to product development. So, the universities changed the curricula of Chemical Engineering to keep up with industry needs. Product development is particularly relevant in Portugal, where Small to Medium companies dominate the industrial sector, both in terms of number and job creation.
More than a decade ago, in 2009, the Master in Chemical Engineering Programme at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) started a course on Product Engineering. Prof. Alírio E. Rodrigues initially introduced this course based on the methodology of Cussler and Mogridge (2001, 2011). A detailed analysis of the implementation of Product Engineering in Chemical Engineering curricula was later published by Rodrigues and Cussler (2016).
In a nutshell, the chemical product development methodology lays in four cornerstones:
- Identification of market NEEDS;
- Coming up with several technical solutions to meet those NEEDS (IDEAS);
- The process of screening a small set of the best IDEAS (SELECTION);
- The study of implementation of the IDEAS, considering aspect as time to market, industrial processes design, regulation, Intelectual Property protection and economic analysis (MANUFACTURE).