Modularity and the independence of functional requirements in designing complex systems

Wei Chen*, David Rosen, Janet K. Allen, Farrokh Mistree

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Abstract

We are investigating principles for the design of product structures that can be readily adapted in response to large changes in customer requirements. In this paper, we report on a part of our investigation, namely, the effect of Suh's independence axiom on achieving a modular design for a hierarchical system. We demonstrate that there is a relationship between achieving functional independence and reducing the interactions between modules by comparing the functional independence of several designs reflecting different requirements on module interfaces for a portal frame. Open research questions are identified. Our desire in writing this paper is to describe some work in progress and foster discussion rather than offering a prescription for solution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConcurrent Product Design
PublisherASME
Pages31-38
Number of pages8
Volume74
StatePublished - Dec 1 1994
EventProceedings of the 1994 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition - Chicago, IL, USA
Duration: Nov 6 1994Nov 11 1994

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1994 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
CityChicago, IL, USA
Period11/6/9411/11/94

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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