RESEARCH PAPERS: Design Automation Papers

FDL—A Language for Function Description and Rationalization in Mechanical Design

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K. Lai, W. R. D. Wilson

Mechanical Engineering Department, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 111(1), 117-123 (Mar 01, 1989) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3258954 History: Received August 01, 1988; Online November 19, 2009


Function Description Language (FDL) is a design language which features an English-like syntax. It can be applied at the conceptual stage of mechanical design to describe functions of the elements in a preliminary design. From these description structural information can be deduced and analyzed. Based upon the suggestion and recommendations provided by the system, improvement can be made by the designer such that layout of the product can be simplified and rationalized.

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