Applications of the Theory of Technical Systems: Experiences from the ‘Copenhagen School’

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    This paper uses the development and applications of Hubka’s Theory of Technical Systems (TTS) at DTU as an example of the power of the theory, the necessity of detailing and fitting the theory, and the role of a theory as a basis for research.At the same time the paper is a balance of the influence of Vladimir Hubka and a short historical sketch of the incidental nature of our group’s introduction to Vladimir Hubka, which led to life long cooperation and academic development. Results have been obtained in the areas of DFX, workbench-based design, mechatronics, product development, and multi-product development. Across all these areas we have created a version of TTS with substantial applicability and coherence. This article does not show details on all of the research projects (which may be found in the literature), but it shows directions taken from Hubka’s TTS and the contributions made in academia and through industrially applied research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2008 Applied Engineering Design Science Workshop
    Number of pages121
    Place of PublicationPilsen, Czech Republic
    PublisherUniversity of West Bohemia
    Publication date2008
    ISBN (Print)80-70-43685-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventApplied Engineering Design Science 2008 Workshop - Pilsen, Czech Republic
    Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …


    ConferenceApplied Engineering Design Science 2008 Workshop
    CityPilsen, Czech Republic
    Period01/01/2008 → …


    • Theory of Technical Systems
    • DFX
    • Engineering Design
    • PD methods
    • Innovation
    • Value star


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