How Does Biologically Inspired Design Cope With Multi-Functionality

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As catalysts for product innovation and product development, different approaches for biologically inspired design (BID) are exciting options. However, while general BID theory require a focus on single functions, real world products are characterized by performing multiple functions. The development of an anterior eye-chamber model is used to showcase the issue.
In a systematic literature review (SLR), state-of-the-art methodologies, methods and tools BID practice are discovered and the current state of multi-functionality in BID are assessed. The SLR revealed 18 contributions with 8 BID methodologies and 12 stage-specific BID tools (of which 50% addressed the solution search phase) in addition to 5 papers addressing multi-functionality in BID. At present multi-functionality in BID is only treated in a limited set of papers. While designers interested in BID are advised to discover multi-functional analogies, the present approach to handling multifunctional problems in BID suggest functional decomposition and multiple BID efforts. Therefore, the development of design support for handling multi-functional problems, including tools for problem analysis are needed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Design Society: 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)
EditorsSandro Wartzack, Benjamin Schleich
PublisherDesign Society
Publication date2019
Pages349-358
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19) - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Aug 20198 Aug 2019

Conference

Conference22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period05/08/201908/08/2019
SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design
NumberDS94
ISSN2220-4342

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    Research areas

  • Bio-inspired design/biomimetics, Design methodology, Design process, Conceptual design, Multi-functionality

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