Results Obtained With a Method to Improve Engineering Problem Formulation

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C. W. Ennis, S. W. Gyeszly

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3123

J. Mech. Des 114(2), 218-222 (Jun 01, 1992) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2916934 History: Received February 01, 1990; Online June 02, 2008


The objective of this research project was to improve problem formulation in engineering systems design. A problem formulation method was developed which uses five characteristic aspects (time, dimensions, value, physical matter, and people) to assist in identifying boundary and performance criteria, and technical performance requirements as a means of expressing them. When tested in controlled task, guided response experiments, the method was shown to improve the quality of problem statements.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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