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Empirical studies on conceptual design synthesis of multiple-state mechanical devices

Majumder, A and Todeti, SR and Chakrabarti, A (2023) Empirical studies on conceptual design synthesis of multiple-state mechanical devices. In: Research in Engineering Design .

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00163-023-00420-8


Conceptual design synthesis, which focuses on generating solution alternatives, has a significant impact on the cost and quality of the final product. The development of radically new and significantly better solutions requires generation and exploration of a large solution space. Most of the existing literature on conceptual design synthesis of mechanical devices: (1) is on synthesising device concepts for a single relation of ‘converting one input set to another output set’—this is called single-state design synthesis (SSDS); and (2) primarily employs ‘composition of building blocks’ as the approach for the synthesis of concepts. Multiple-state design synthesis (MSDS), on the other hand, refers to synthesising device concepts for more than one relation between an input set and an output set. Since not much literature is available on studies of MSDS, it is essential to understand how and how well designers currently carry out MSDS. This knowledge can be used as a benchmark and a source of knowledge for developing a prescriptive support to improve MSDS. Therefore, the objective of the work presented in this paper is to obtain a better understanding of this process by carrying out empirical studies on multiple-state synthesis.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Research in Engineering Design
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH.
Keywords: Conceptual design; Design synthesis; Empirical studies; Mechanical devices; Multiple state.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2023 10:55
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2023 10:55
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/82467

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