Mass Distribution as an Approach for Designing Lightweight-Driven Product Architectures

DS 101: Proceedings of NordDesign 2020, Lyngby, Denmark, 12th - 14th August 2020

Year: 2020
Editor: Mortensen, N.H.; Hansen, C.T. and Deininger, M.
Author: Laufer, Felix; Roth, Daniel; Binz, Hansgeorg
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: University of Stuttgart
Section: Modularity
Page(s): 15
DOI number:
ISBN: 9781912254088


Lightweight-design methods for the conceptual phase of the product-development process are becoming increasingly important due to their influence on products’ mass. Besides mass reduction, the redistribution of mass within the product can support the designer in addressing lightweight-design motivations more effectively. This paper introduces a method of systematic mass distribution using the design structure matrix (DSM). A case study of a high-pressure water-jetting unit serves as an application example to illustrate the procedure introduced.

Keywords: lightweight design, design structure matrix (DSM), product architecture


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