Masters Theses


“To design a successful product in modem industry it is necessary to incorporate design performance requirements, manufacturing processes requirements and cost considerations at the early stages of the design. The combination of performance design, manufacturing process design and cost targeting is referred to herein as integrated product design. In this research, a game-theoretic framework is developed to solve the integrated product design problem. Game theory is a diverse field that has been successfully applied to many areas of study including economics, biology, engineering, and warfare. Game theory provides for the development of players which each seek to minimize their own penalty functions subject to their own constraints. Each player controls a subset of the system design parameters, and the players generally have conflicting interests. This is the same type of conflict present in the integrated design problem. Game theory was chosen as the framework with which to cast the problem because of this natural fit.

A game-theoretic framework is developed and applied to the design of a simplified automobile door. This study shows how the game theory approach can be effectively implemented to design a product. The advantages of the game theory approach over more conventional methods is that it does not require the development of complicated organizational models and it significantly reduces the number of iterations that are required in the design process. This study is meant to serve as the foundation for future work leading to the implementation of the game-theoretic method for solving the integrated design problem in a computer aided design environment”--Abstract, page iii.


Krishnamurthy, K.

Committee Member(s)

McAdams, Daniel A.
Allada, Venkat


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Fall 2000


xv, 146 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 144-145).


© 2000 William Lee Steinhour III, All rights reserved.

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T 7792

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