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Computer-Based Design Synthesis Research: An Overview

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Amaresh Chakrabarti

Innovation, Design Study and Sustainability Laboratory (IdeasLab), Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing,  Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Kristina Shea

Virtual Product Development Group, Mechanical Engineering,  Technische Universität of München, Garching, Germany

Robert Stone

School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering,  Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Jonathan Cagan

Department of Mechanical Engineering,  Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Matthew Campbell

Department of Mechanical Engineering,  University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Noe Vargas Hernandez

Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering,  The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX

Kristin L. Wood

Department of Mechanical Engineering,  The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 11(2), 021003 (Jun 15, 2011) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3593409 History: Received October 05, 2010; Revised February 02, 2011; Published June 15, 2011; Online June 15, 2011

One of the hallmarks of engineering design is the design synthesis phase where the creativity of the designer most prominently comes into play as solutions are generated to meet underlying needs. Over the past decades, methodologies for generating concepts and design solutions have matured to the point that computation-based synthesis provides a means to explore a wider variety of solutions and take over more tedious design tasks. This paper reviews advances in function-based, grammar-based, and analogy-based synthesis approaches and their contributions to computational design synthesis research in the last decade.

Copyright © 2011 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Topics: Design
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