The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Different function breakdowns for one existing product: experimental results

Alink, Thomas; Eckert, Claudia; Ruckpaul, Anne and Albers, Albert (2010). Different function breakdowns for one existing product: experimental results. In: Design Computing and Cognition (DCC'10), July 2010, Stuttgart, Germany.

Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

This paper describes the findings of an experiment on how different engi-neers understand the notions of function and functional breakdown in the context of design by modification. The experiment was conducted with a homogenous group of 20 design engineers, who had all received the same education. The subjects were asked to analyze how a hydraulic pump works and summarize their understanding in a function tree. The subjects were given either the hydraulic pump itself (with part of its casing re-moved), or a maintenance drawing that showed a section cut of the pump. This paper shows typical outputs of the designers and discusses the differ-ences between the subjects’ approaches and resulting function trees; and points to typical mistakes the subjects made.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 DCC10
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
Item ID: 24531
Depositing User: Claudia Eckert
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2011 11:09
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 13:21
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/24531
Share this page:

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU