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Challenges in Conceptual Design of Fencing Systems, Students View

Challenges in Conceptual Design of Fencing Systems, Students View

Year: 2010

Section: EXPERIENCES WITH COURSES/EDUCATION

Editor: Boks W; Ion, W; McMahon, C and Parkinson B

Author: Kovacevic Ahmed, Halai Ashwin, Ghazihesami Rouzbeh, Verdegver Javier, Gowree Erwin Ricky, Jeshani Snehal, Valtera Jan

Section: EXPERIENCES WITH COURSES/EDUCATION

Pages: 198-203

Abstract

A systematic engineering design process is recommended for use in industry. Still many design teams
tend not to follow it and consequently their designs are not adapted to a customer needs. Even when
used, such a process needs to be applied properly in order to produce desired results. Following the
first training in application of systematic engineering design process, it was clear to the mechanical
students at City University how to use it for generating concepts of mechanisms and machines.
However, in the project which they performed for an industrial partner they were asked to
conceptualise on a fence which was regarded as a structure. In this case students needed to apply
different approach and to introduce more tools in extracting engineering characteristics.
The process was performed in two phases. Initially the research phase was carried out to define
customer requirements, the objectives tree, engineering characteristics and to generate a QFD.
However, generating a functional model as the basis for the morphological chart was not perceived as
a trivial process. Therefore other alternative approaches for identifying functions were evaluated. In
the second phase, the concept generation, this approach proved very useful and allowed generation of
several novel concepts. This paper written by undergraduate students outlines details of this exercise.
Students described their challenges in adapting to new processes and elaborated on suitability of using
the proposed approach by the industrial partner.

Keywords: Engineering design process, value analysis, functional model, FMEA

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