A prototype system to support conceptual design synthesis for Multi-X

Fayyaz Rehman, Xiu Tian Yan

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Design for X guidelines methodologies tend to be reactive, that is a design solution has been generated firstly, it is then analysed according to a particular X or life cycle phase. There is a need to incorporate different life cycle constraints before the solution generation i.e. at the conceptual design synthesis stage, but as design solutions are abstract at conceptual design stage, there is a lack of availability of product life cycle knowledge. This research explores the true meaning of design context knowledge/information by studying how these pieces of knowledge can be used in a computer based environment through the classification of different categories of context knowledge and reasoning using them to support function based conceptual design synthesis for Multi-X. This paper describes the system architecture, development and working of prototype system by conducting a case study of a sheet metal component conceptual design in order to show the selection of conceptual design solutions not only satisfying functional requirements but also catering for different life cycle implications/constraints by generating potential good/problematic life cycle consequences. The implemented prototype system has been evaluated by different researchers regarding support to conceptual design synthesis for Multi-X and the results are also presented in the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings ICED 05, the 15th International Conference on Engineering Design
Number of pages15
VolumeDS 35
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Event15th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 05 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Duration: 15 Aug 200518 Aug 2005


Conference15th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 05
CityMelbourne, VIC


  • conceptual design
  • context knowledge
  • design for X
  • functional reasoning
  • product design
  • research
  • computer-based environment


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