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Function propagation through nested systems

Crilly, N (2013) Function propagation through nested systems. Design Studies, 34. pp. 216-242. ISSN 0142-694X

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Abstract

Concepts of function are central to design but statements about a device's functions can be interpreted in different ways. This raises problems for researchers trying to clarify the foundations of design theory and for those developing design support-tools that can represent and reason about function. By showing how functions relate systems to their sub-systems and super-systems, this article illustrates some limitations of existing function terminology and some problems with existing function statements. To address these issues, a system-relative function terminology is introduced. This is used to demonstrate that systems function not only with respect to their most local super-system, but also with respect to their more global super-systems. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: design model design theory engineering design industrial design philosophy of design
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div C > Engineering Design
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 12:20
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:28
DOI: 10.1016/j.destud.2012.10.003