Masters Theses


“A Product Architecture based Conceptual Design for Assembly Technique (PACDFA) is presented in this thesis. The goal of this technique is the redesign of products at the conceptual stage of the design process, such that the product is modular in architecture with minimal number of components in each module and also easier to assemble. The hypothesis stated is that the piece count reduction and ease of assembly can be achieved by designing products to be modular in architecture. This technique develops on the existing functional basis method, which is used to generate the function structure of the product and identification of modules using the module heuristics method. The modules once identified, the connection between them is predicted with the help of a database. This database is created by analyzing ten products and documenting the connections for the modules in the products. The validation of the technique is shown by applying it to the redesign of two products namely the popcorn popper and the electric wok”--Abstract, page iii.


Stone, Robert B.
Roy, Samit

Committee Member(s)

McAdams, Daniel A.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering


The author is thankful to the Intelligent Systems Center for the funding provided for this research.

Research Center/Lab(s)

Intelligent Systems Center


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Fall 2000


x, 114 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 111-113).


© 2000 Varghese Joseph Kayyalethekkel, All rights reserved.

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Thesis Number

T 7816

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