Development of the material selection practice - a study exploring articulation of material requirements

Torben Anker Lenau, Karen Marie Hasling

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Abstract

This paper explores how the material selection matrix is used in a materials and sustainability course. The matrix encourages the students to articulate material selection requirements to become more competent in exploring new materials and selecting materials for a given design task. The study indicates that students focus on technical requirements when using the matrix and justifying their selection of materials. This is surprising since the students attend an arts and crafts oriented design school and are encouraged and guided to consider non-technical requirements, as part of the course where the matrix is introduced. A possible reason for the undesired behavior could be that students are allowed very freely to define their own matrices, having only little guidance to which requirements to use. A more formal procedure for making the material matrices is therefore proposed. The procedure requires students to use a fixed number of technical, experiential and sustainability oriented requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings ofthe 16th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
EditorsErik Bohemia, Arthur Eger, Wouter Eggink, Ahmed Kovacevic, Brian Parkinson, Wessel Wits
PublisherDesign Society
Publication date2014
Pages396-401
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-904670-56-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event16th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education - Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente in Enschede, Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 4 Sep 20145 Sep 2014
Conference number: 16

Conference

Conference16th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Number16
LocationFaculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente in Enschede
CountryNetherlands
CityEnschede
Period04/09/201405/09/2014

Keywords

  • Material education
  • Material selection methods,
  • Material requirements
  • Applied learning

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