From function to form using physical reasoning

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The goal of engineering design is to design a product, which fulfils a required function. The Domain theory and chaining of physical laws (way to synthesise solutions) offer a possibility to propose a framework of how to carry out functional reasoning. The proposed framework consists of mental objects (i.e. problem, function, physics, structure, design) and operations (i.e. synthesis, view, abstraction) between them. Functional reasoning based on the engineering designer´s knowledge about physical laws is known as physical reasoning and it is identified in the framework among the ways from function to form. Twisting of knowledge is also identified and explained.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Design Conference
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherFaculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb and The Design Society
Publication date2002
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event7th International Design Conference - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 14 May 200217 May 2002
Conference number: 7


Conference7th International Design Conference


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