Decomposition and Representation Methods in Mechanical Design

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A. Kusiak, N. Larson

Intelligent Systems Laboratory, Department of Industrial Engineering, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1527

J. Mech. Des 117(B), 17-24 (Jun 01, 1995) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2836453 History: Received August 01, 1994; Revised November 01, 1994; Online January 24, 2008


The broad interest in concurrent engineering has inspired research in the area of decomposition in mechanical design. Much of the research reported in the literature falls into one of three categories: (1) product decomposition, (2) problem decomposition, or (3) process decomposition. This paper provides a detailed discussion of the typology of decomposition in mechanical design. Related work is described and examples are provided to illustrate the need for decomposition of products, problems, and processes in design. Representation techniques and methodologies for decomposition are outlined. Finally, future research issues in decomposition in mechanical design are identified.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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