FORMAL ENGINEERING DESIGN SYNTHESIS FUNCTION-BASED SYNTHESIS 1-1 Function-Based Synthesis

Abstract

Concept generation is at the heart of engineering design. This chapter considers an emerging tool set for generating concepts: function-based synthesis methods. To understand this tool set, the prominent methods in the field are reviewed and summarized, with a subset being investigated with more technical rigor. In addition to this review and investigation, the methods are analyzed against three models: a method architecture, design process, and research model. This analysis extracts the fundamental features of the methods, provides a basis for comparison, and elicits future research opportunities, directions, and industrial applications. Through this analysis, a clear picture emerges of the function-based synthesis field: Many fundamental research results have been realized, and it is just a matter of time before we have tools to assist product development teams in generating dynamic systems, kinematic structures, and the skeletal backbones of consumer products. FORMAL ENGINEERING DESIGN SYNTHESIS FUNCTION-BASED SYNTHESIS 1-2 Function-Based Synthesis © K. L. Wood and J. Greer 08/05/00 I. OVERTURE: BACKGROUND, INTRODUCTION, AND MOTIVATION

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@inproceedings{Wood2006FORMALED, title={FORMAL ENGINEERING DESIGN SYNTHESIS FUNCTION-BASED SYNTHESIS 1-1 Function-Based Synthesis}, author={© K. L. Wood and James LaMonte Greer and Kristin L. Wood and I. OVERTURE}, year={2006} }