Supporting the Development of Lightweight Design Structures with Simple Methods in Early Stages
Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
Author: Benedikt Posner, Hansgeorg Binz, Daniel Roth
Institution: University of Stuttgart, Germany
Section: Tools, methods and approaches in product development
Mattheck  presents very simple methods for developing lightweight design structures based on bionic ideas. These methods can already be used to develop structures on a very low level of detail. This allows developing structures with a view on lightweight design already in the conceptual phase. In order to do this there is no need for computer aided methods. However, the methods of Mattheck  focus on static problems and do not support finding solutions for problems with a limited installation space. Thus, within this contribution the methods were combined with the Contact and Channel Model  which is a method for supporting designers in analysing products, their structures and functions and synthesising solutions for design problems. In addition, the methods of Mattheck  are further developed in order to support developing lightweight structures respecting also the problem of moved structures with different loadings over time and respecting the installation space limitation.