Supporting the Development of Lightweight Design Structures with Simple Methods in Early Stages

Year: 2014
Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
Author: Benedikt Posner, Hansgeorg Binz, Daniel Roth
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: University of Stuttgart, Germany
Section: Tools, methods and approaches in product development
Page(s): 795-804
ISBN: 978-1-904670-58-2


Mattheck [1] 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 [1] 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 [2] 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 [1] 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.

Keywords: Design method, lightweight design structure development, bionic lightweight design


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