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On the functions of products

Aurisicchio, M and Eng, NL and Ortíz Nicolás, JC and Childs, PRN and Bracewell, RH (2011) On the functions of products. ICED 11 - 18th International Conference on Engineering Design - Impacting Society Through Engineering Design, 10. pp. 443-455.

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Abstract

Understanding the performance and manner of functioning of existing products is at the base of new product development activities. In engineering design the term function is generally used to refer to the technical actions performed by a product. However, products accomplish a wider range of goals. This research explores the opportunity to describe and model, through the concept of function, product actions across four dimensions including technical, aesthetic, social and economic. The research demonstrates that non-technical functions can be represented through active verbs and nouns and modelled using a method known as the Function Analysis Diagram (FAD). The research argues that when technical, aesthetic, social and economic perspectives on product development are considered as different types of function, stakeholders have a common language to communicate which can benefit design collaboration.

Item Type: Article
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Divisions: Div C > Engineering Design
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Date Deposited: 18 May 2016 19:23
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