Two approaches to synthesis based on the domain theory

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The domain theory is described in this chapter. By a strict distinction between the structural characteristics and the behavioural properties of a mechanical artefact, each domain, i.e. transformation-, organ-, and part domain, becomes a productive view for design of mechanical artefacts. The functional reasoning within each domain and between the domains seems to be ruled by the function-means law (Hubka´s law). On the basis of the domain theory and the function-means law we present two formal approaches to the synthesis of mechanical artefacts, namely a design-process-oriented approach and an artefact-oriented approach. The design-process-oriented synthesis approach can be seen as a basic design step for composite mechanical artefacts. The artefact-oriented approach has been utilised for the development of computer-based design support systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering Design Synthesis
Number of pages356
VolumeChapter 6
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Publication date2002
ISBN (Print)1-85233-492-4
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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