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A prototype is an original model constructed to include all the technical characteristics and performances of the new product. For example, if a pump for corrosive liquids is being developed, several prototypes are needed for accelerated life tests with different chemicals. A feedback loop exists so that if the prototype tests are not successful, the results can be used for further development of the pump.

Source Publication:
OECD Frascati Manual, Sixth edition, 2002, para. 114, page 42.


Statistical Theme: Science and technology statistics - Research and development

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, June 11, 2013