Evaluating a Functional Basis: Design Theory and Methodology

Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen, Ken M. Wallace

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Abstract

One of the motivations to develop a standard language to describe the functions of a product or artifact is to facilitate the indexing, search and retrieval of design knowledge. Taxonomies describing a standard language of functions have been developed by a number of researchers. This paper describes an empirical study carried out to evaluate two such taxonomies for their suitability to indexing design knowledge. The results of eighteen interviews conducted into two separate aerospace companies in the UK are presented. Engineering designers were asked to describe the function of assemblies or components that they were familiar with. In total, 207 descriptions of functions were collected. These descriptions have been analysed and compared to the two taxonomies evaluated. This paper describes the findings from these studies and draws conclusions on the suitability of these taxonomies for indexing design knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ASME 2003 Design Engineering Technical Conferences and
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Publication date2003
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Design Engineering Technical Confrerences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference : ASME - Chicago, Illinois, USA
Duration: 1 Jan 2003 → …

Conference

ConferenceInternational Design Engineering Technical Confrerences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference : ASME
CityChicago, Illinois, USA
Period01/01/2003 → …

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