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Supporting product architecture design using computational design synthesis with network structure constraints

Wyatt, DF and Wynn, DC and Jarrett, JP and Clarkson, PJ (2011) Supporting product architecture design using computational design synthesis with network structure constraints. Research in Engineering Design, 23. pp. 1-36. ISSN 0934-9839

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Abstract

A product's architecture can affect many aspects of product and process quality, from technical performance to the design effort required, production costs and satisfaction of later lifecycle requirements. This paper explores how computational tools can augment creative methods in product architecture design. Based on an empirical study aiming to understand the context of product architecture design, a new computational method is proposed to support this activity. In the method, product architectures-networks of components linked by connections-can be synthesised using constraints on the structure of the network to define the set of 'realisable' architectures for a product. An example illustrates how the method might be used on a real design problem, including the construction of an appropriate set of network structure constraints and the identification of promising architectures from the synthesis results. Preliminary evaluation of the method's usability, assessed through a laboratory experiment, and its utility, assessed through application to a real historical design problem, supported by initial validation by an engineer from the case study company, suggests that the method has value for engineering design practice. © 2011 Springer-Verlag London Limited.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div C > Engineering Design
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:33
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 01:01
DOI: 10.1007/s00163-011-0112-y