A SYSTEMATIC QUALITATIVE COMPARISON OF FIVE APPROACHES TO MODULARITY

DS 60: Proceedings of DESIGN 2010, the 11th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Year: 2010
Editor: Marjanovic D., Storga M., Pavkovic N., Bojcetic N.
Author: Borjesson, F.
Section: DESIGN PROCESSES
Page(s): 147-156

Abstract

An approach to modularity is used to mean the method by which a modular architecture is defined. This paper presents a method by which such approaches can be compared, incorporating both academic and experience-based criteria. The proposed method, based on dendrograms, is applied on MFD, Component-based DSM, Heuristics, and two derived approaches. Derived approaches seem to offer improvements, but also introduce new disadvantages which are absent in the methods on which they build.

Keywords: modular function deployment, design structure matrix, heuristics, design for X, qualitative comparison

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