Modelling of Means in Conceptual Design

DS 30: Proceedings of DESIGN 2002, the 7th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik

Year: 2002
Editor: Marjanovic D.
Author: Wilhelms, S.
Section: Supportive technologies
Page(s): 579-584


Functional decomposition is proposed as a central element of systematic design, and functions are fulfilled by principle solution elements (means, wirk principles). This paper is concerned with answering how to model means and suggests an information model from an analysis of the concept generation in student projects. The paper is a scientific preparatory work for a computer-based design support system for conceptual design enabling the generation of concepts with abstract ""building blocks"" of higher aggregation. The hypothesis is that by using formalised means, solutions of higher quality can be created, and the solution space can be covered better. The goal is to provide suitable support for the designer capable of intuitive steps.

Keywords: Product modelling, conceptual design, design support


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