An expert system for preliminary numerical design modelling

K.J. MacCallum, A.H.B. Duffy

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This paper is based upon the premise that computers can do more than just 'number crunching' to assist a designer in his task. Key features of the design process where traditional computer-aided design (CAD) approaches have had limited success are presented. The approach of expert systems, which shows promise of assisting in these features, is outlined and a system based on this approach, DESIGNER, described. This system can be applied to any numerical design problem and is illustrated through an example from preliminary ship design.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-237
Number of pages7
JournalDesign Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1987


  • expert system
  • numerical design modelling
  • CAD
  • ship design


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