Properties of Elementary Structural Elements for Synthesis of Conceptual Technical Systems

ICORD 09: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Research into Design, Bangalore, India 07.-09.01.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Chakrabarti, A.
Author: c.Rihtarši,Janez; Žavbi, Roman; Duhovnik,Jože
Section: Creativity, Synthesis and Innovation
Page(s): 11-17


Structural synthesis of conceptual technical systems is a result of transformation from the functional domain into the structural domain. To enable semi-automated synthesis of conceptual technical systems on the basis of physical laws basic schemata have been introduced. Basic schemata are complementary to physical laws and consist of four elementary structural elements (point, line, surface and volume). In the presented paper, we discuss the properties of structural elements for synthesis of conceptual technical systems and how they are used to support variant design. Engineers from different engineering domains were asked to generate conceptual technical systems on the basis of automatically generated chains of physical laws and on the basis of the complementary chains of basic schemata. It was shown that engineers with different educational background and experiences will generate different conceptual structures, although concepts operate on the basis of the same physical laws

Keywords: Conceptual Design, Computational Synthesis, Basic Schema, Physical Law


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