Approaches to analyzing multi-functional problems

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: Svendsen, Nicklas Werge; Lenau, Torben Anker
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Technical University of Denmark
Section: Early Stage Design
Page(s): 12
DOI number:
ISBN: 9781912254088


Designers’ appreciation of functional analysis and morphological synthesis and criticism regarding sub functional focus and poor innovation ability of these approaches, is the theoretical starting point of this article. Inspired by the multi-functionality of fascinating principles found in nature, this article explores how multi-functionality is handled in engineering design. Using a multi-functional case, findings suggest searching for multi-functional solution principles and that minor changes to the FM-tree could support designers in assessing a product’s complexity degree.

Keywords: Functional analysis, multi-functionality, problem solving, conceptual design, biologically inspired design


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