Modularity in design of products and systems

@article{Huang1998ModularityID,
  title={Modularity in design of products and systems},
  author={Chun-Che Huang and Andrew Kusiak},
  journal={IEEE Trans. Syst. Man Cybern. Part A},
  year={1998},
  volume={28},
  pages={66-77}
}
Modularity refers to the use of common units to create product variants. This paper aims at the development of models and solution approaches to the modularity problem for mechanical, electrical, and mixed process products (e.g., electromechanical products). To interpret various types of modularity, e.g., component-swapping, component-sharing and bus modularity, a matrix representation of the modularity problem is presented. The decomposition approach is used to determine modules for different… 
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