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Change impact on a product and its redesign process: A tool for knowledge capture and reuse

Ahmad, N and Wynn, DC and Clarkson, PJ (2013) Change impact on a product and its redesign process: A tool for knowledge capture and reuse. Research in Engineering Design, 24. pp. 219-244. ISSN 0934-9839

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Abstract

Change propagates, potentially affecting many aspects of a design and requiring much rework to implement. This article introduces a cross-domain approach to decompose a design and identify possible change propagation linkages, complemented by an interactive tool that generates dynamic checklists to assess change impact. The approach considers the information domains of requirements, functions, components, and the detail design process. Laboratory experiments using a vacuum cleaner suggest that cross-domain modelling helps analyse a design to create and capture the information required for change prediction. Further experiments using an electronic product show that this information, coupled with the interactive tool, helps to quickly and consistently assess the impact of a proposed change. © 2012 Springer-Verlag London Limited.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cambridge Advanced Modeller (CAM) Change impact assessment Change propagation Component structure Cross-domain model Design process Function structure Requirements
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div C > Engineering Design
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:28
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:18
DOI: 10.1007/s00163-012-0139-8