Title

Concept Generation from the Functional Basis of Design

Abstract

Few computational tools exist to assist designers during the conceptual phase of design, and design success is often heavily weighted on personal experience and innate ability. Many well-known methods (e.g. brainstorming, intrinsic and extrinsic searches, and morphological analysis) are designed to stimulate a designer's creativity, but ultimately still rely heavily on individual bias and experience. Under the premise that quality designs comes from experienced designers, experience in the form of design knowledge is extracted from existing products and stored for reuse in a web-based repository. This paper presents a concept generation algorithm that utilizes the Functional Basis and a web-based repository of existing design knowledge to generate and rank viable conceptual design variants. This tool is intended to augment traditional conceptual design phase activities and produce numerous feasible concepts early in the design process.

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Concept Generation; Conceptual Design; Functional Basis; Functional Models

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2005 The Design Society, All rights reserved.


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