Relating Design Process to Quality: A Virtual Design of Experiments Approach

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Durward K. Sobek1

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department, Montana State University, 220 Roberts Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717-3800dsobek@ie.montana.edu

Vikas K. Jain

 Isotec International, Inc., 3208 Sloan Square, Atlanta, GA 30339jainvk@gmail.com


Corresponding author.

J. Mech. Des 129(5), 483-490 (Jul 11, 2006) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2712215 History: Received June 28, 2005; Revised July 11, 2006

This paper focuses on better understanding how design processes affect outcomes in mechanical engineering design. Following a general design research methodology, process data were collected from student design journals and tested for association with design quality as measured by an external evaluation using a virtual design of experiments approach. The results indicate that more time spent on system-level design (including problem generation, idea generation, and analysis activity) and on concept-level problem definition activity associate positively with design quality, while more time spent on concept-level idea generation, detailed design, and refinement associated negatively with design quality. These results imply that student designers should emphasize problem definition, information gathering, and system-level design work more so than high-level idea generation activities.

Copyright © 2007 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Topics: Design , Students
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