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Computational Conceptual Design Using Space Matrix

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Bin He

Shanghai Key Laboratory of Intelligent
Manufacturing and Robotics,
School of Mechatronic Engineering
and Automation,
Shanghai University,
Shanghai 200072, China
e-mail: mehebin@gmail.com

Wei Song, Yangang Wang

Shanghai Key Laboratory of Intelligent
Manufacturing and Robotics,
School of Mechatronic Engineering
and Automation,
Shanghai University,
Shanghai 200072, China

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Design Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING. Manuscript received August 15, 2012; final manuscript received November 6, 2014; published online January 12, 2015. Editor: Bahram Ravani.

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 15(1), 011004 (Mar 01, 2015) (7 pages) Paper No: JCISE-12-1134; doi: 10.1115/1.4029062 History: Received August 15, 2012; Revised November 06, 2014; Online January 12, 2015

Conceptual design is an early stage in the product design process, which has an essential effect on product innovation. This paper is devoted to computational conceptual design utilizing design synthesis. After the functional model was proposed, the physical parameter model was put forward. The integrated model of function repository and solution repository based on space matrix was built up. The computational conceptual design process based on space matrix was then proposed, including design synthesis algorithm based on space matrix, feature matching based on physical parameter, solutions constraints matching based on design catalog, functional structure design based on functional structure evolutionary model, and evaluation and selection approach based on design catalog. The conceptual design of new devices for decreasing resistance of amphibious vehicles is given as an example, which demonstrates that the methodology is helpful to produce valuable solutions for product innovation.

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Functional element model

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Functional pair model

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Examples of functional pairs

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Functional chain model

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An example of functional chains

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Design catalog-based design prototypes for conceptual design

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Space matrix. (a) Quantitative space matrix and (b) qualitative space matrix.

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Space matrix-based computational conceptual design

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Functional chains of a device for decreasing resistance (partial)

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Sketches for decreasing resistance of amphibious vehicles

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