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Issue driven analysis of an existing product at different levels of abstraction

Eckert, C. M.; Alink, T. and Albers, A. (2010). Issue driven analysis of an existing product at different levels of abstraction. In: the 11th International Design Conference DESIGN 2010, 17-20 May 2010, Cavtat-Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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Abstract

This paper analyses how one designer approached the analysis of an existing product, He was part of an experiment with 20 engineers, who were given a hydraulic pump, and asked to summarise their findings in a function tree. He produced a comparatively systematic and complete analyses with comprehensive drawings. He started by indentifying abstract functions, then analyse the role of components and then match the two. In doing so he was looking at the product essentially at three different levels of abstraction: the whole product a sub-system level and a single element level, e.g. sealing rings. He changed the level of abstraction as he came across particular issues or problems.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Authors, 2010 The Design Society
Keywords: product analysis; functional product models; design cognition
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Design and Innovation
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Item ID: 24529
Depositing User: Claudia Eckert
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2010 12:56
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2017 19:19
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/24529
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