Towards a Tool for Computer Supported Structuring of Products

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    When an engineering designer creates a product he has to consider not only functionality, also life cycle concerns such as manufacturing, service, and recycling must be taken into account. The product structure plays a large role for the product's performance and suitability for the life phases. However, a product possesses not only a component structure but also various organ structures which are superimposed on the component structure. The organ structures carry behaviour and make the product suited for its life phases.Our long-term research goal is to develop a computer-based system that is capable of supporting synthesis activities in engineering design, and thereby also support handling of various organ structures. Such a system must contain a product model, in which it is possible to describe and manipulate both various organ structures and the component structure.In this paper we focus on the relationships between organ structures and the component structure. By an analysis of an existing product it is shown that a component may contribute to more than one organ. A set of organ structures is identified and their influence on the component strucute is illustrated.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Conference on Engineering Design in Tampere
    Place of PublicationTampere
    PublisherTampere University of Technology
    Publication date1997
    Publication statusPublished - 1997
    EventInternational Conference on Engineering Design - Tampere, Finland
    Duration: 19 Aug 199721 Aug 1997


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering Design

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