Approaches to analyzing multi-functional problems

Nicklas Werge Svendsen*, Torben Anker Lenau*

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of NordDesign 2020
EditorsN. H. Mortensen, C. T. Hansen, M. Deininger
Number of pages12
VolumeDS 101
PublisherDesign Society
Publication date2020
ISBN (Electronic)9781912254088
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventNordDesign 2020 - DTU-Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 12 Aug 202014 Aug 2020


ConferenceNordDesign 2020
LocationDTU-Technical University of Denmark
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  • Functional analysis
  • Multi-functionality
  • Conceptual design
  • Bio-inspired design


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