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Past designs as a way of coping with complexity

Eckert, CM and Clarkson, PJ and Earl, CF Past designs as a way of coping with complexity. In: Coping with Complexity, 2004-9-16 to 2004-9-17, Bath, UK. (Unpublished)

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Designers hardly ever start from scratch, but are designed by modification from existing products. This has sound economical reasons. Reusing parts and tooling makes a new design cheaper. The closer the new design is to an old design, the lower the risk of errors in the life cycle of the design. However existing designs also provide a powerful way to cope with complexity in the design of modern engineering products. Complex products such as aeroplanes, jet engines or cars contains 1000s of different parts designed over several years by teams of 100s of engineers, making the process complex in terms of the information flow required to generate such a product.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Divisions: Div C > Engineering Design
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:59
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2021 05:32