2000_NSF Incorporation of Engineering Analysis

2000_NSF Incorporation of Engineering Analysis

The conventional product development process consists of several stages of design and review by which a set of product specifications are converted to engineered designs, hard tooling, and finished goods. Unfortunately, most engineers are uncomfortable with applying even simple equations, let alone deriving custom solutions to estimate design performance [1]. As a result, designers frequently fail to acquire any intuition regarding the performance of the design and permit continued development of poor design concepts. The purpose of this research is to develop a design environment which reveals the first order effects which drive the design performance, enabling the designer to better internalize the causality between critical design decisions and the product’s performance. The research requires development of not only a design framework capable of incorporating engineering analysis, but also the development of analyses that are amenable to incorporation.

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