A METHOD FOR SELECTING BASE FUNCTIONS FOR FUNCTION BLENDING IN ODER TO DESIGN FUNCTIONS

DS 68-2: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 2: Design Theory and Research Methodology, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011

Year: 2011
Editor: Culley, S.J.; Hicks, B.J.; McAloone, T.C.; Howard, T.J. & Reich, Y.
Author: Sakaguchi, Syo; Tsumaya, Akira; Yamamoto, Eiko; Taura, Toshiharu
Section: Design Theory and Research Methodology
Page(s): 73-86

Abstract

This study aims to develop a method for supporting the designs of new functions by extending the conventional design processes in conceptual design. By focusing on concept blending that can create new concepts, we have developed a method of function blending in the design process. However, the selection of the functions (base functions) to be blended still remained an unsolved problem. In this paper, we propose a method for selecting base functions to design new functions. Design is often considered to be a problem-solving process. Our method for selecting the base functions has been developed by analysing the nature of the problem-solving process. In particular, we have addressed the antonymic relations between the verbs in the base functions, which play important roles.

Keywords: PROBLEM SOLVING; FUNCTION BLENDING; CONCEPTUAL DESIGN; BASE FUNCTION; ANTONYMY RELATION

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