VB8010 - Circular Manufacturing Fall School


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 14 days

Course content

The Circular Manufacturing Fall school is part of the CIRMAN project, an international cooperation initiative with Japan (Waseda University and AST), India (Indian Institute of Technology), SFI Manufacturing, and NORCICS. The main objective of the CIRMAN project is to develop world-class research and education in Norway within the area of Circular Manufacturing.

The fall school in circular manufacturing develops three modules on the following topics:

- Introduction to Circular Manufacturing: Business models, demanufacturing and remanufacturing processes and systems, and logistics.

- Life Cycle Assessment/simulation: evaluation of performances and assessment of the life cycle using simulation - DES + ABS + SD. Evaluation of resource flow-System of systems (SoS) and interactions among product life cycles.

- Digital Twins for Life Cycle Management: Use of digital twins and real-time data in production and logistics for life cycle management.

Learning outcome

Knowledge and Skills:

At the end of the course students will be able to:

- Identify the different demanufacturing and remanufacturing processes for circular manufacturing

- Have the basic knowledge to design circular business models

- Ability to understand the logistics required to implement a circular business model.

- General understanding of the organizational implications of introducing circular business models in the company.

- General knowledge of different digitalization technologies to enable the transition to a circular business model and its implications in the organization.

- Understand multitiered systems in the context of circular manufacturing

- Knowledge of different simulation tools and methodologies for decision-making for life cycle analysis.

- Have a clear definition of digital twins and how can real-time data be used for life cycle management.


General competence:

-Ability to carry out analysis and design circular manufacturing systems.

Learning methods and activities

The fall school will have a length of 5 days which are divided into three activities:

- Day 1: Industry workshop: In this workshop companies from Japan, India and Norway are invited to interact with the students and share their cases to be developed during the course.

- Day 2: Company visit: Two or three companies will be visited by the participants of the course.

- Days 3, 4, and 5: course days where the theoretical topics will be developed in the morning sessions and practical cases in the afternoon.

Compulsory assignments

  • Course work requirements

Further on evaluation

Coursework Requirements: The participants need to complete a short online introduction on the topic.

The course will be graded based on a term paper written by each individual student.

Course materials

- Scientific articles, hand-outs and online resources/materials provided during the course.

- Industry cases

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  3.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Engineering
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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