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IMPROVING DESIGN METHODOLOGY: SYSTEMATIC EVALUATION OF PRINCIPLE SYNTHESIS

IMPROVING DESIGN METHODOLOGY: SYSTEMATIC EVALUATION OF PRINCIPLE SYNTHESIS

Year: 2015

Section: Design Theory and Research Methodology, Design Processes

Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Marco Cantamessa, Gaetano Cascini, Dorian Marjanovic, Srinivasan Venkataraman

Author: Katzwinkel, Tim; Heller, Jan Erik; Schmid, Alexander; Schmidt, Walter; Löwer, Manuel; Feldhusen, Jörg

Series: ICED

Institution: RWTH Aachen, Germany

Section: Design Theory and Research Methodology, Design Processes

Pages: 147-154

ISBN: 978-1-904670-65-0

ISSN: 2220-4334

Abstract

Developing new products based on a systematic approach is essential for the entrepreneurial success of technology companies. Through functional analysis and successive synthesis of a product reformative solutions can be generated. The paper in hand reviews existing methods and illustrates the occurring hurdles and advantages. Commonly used, the morphological box with its inevitable and hardly manageable large number of theoretical solutions resulting from combinatorial explosion is investigated. To overcome those drawbacks, a new software-based method for stepped synthesis is presented which integrates existing knowledge about physical principles and an evaluation algorithm. The applicability of this new method is evaluated in a student survey using a software prototype.

Keywords: Computational Design Synthesis, Decision Making, Design Methodology, Evaluation, Early Design Phases

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