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That which is not form: the practical challenges in using functional concepts in design

Eckert, Claudia (2013). That which is not form: the practical challenges in using functional concepts in design. Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, 27(3) pp. 217–231.

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Functional modelling is a very significant part of many different well known design methodologies. This paper investigates the questions of what functional modelling approaches people use in industry and how they conceptualize functions. Using interviews and the findings from an experiment where 20 individual designers were asked to generate a functional model of a product, the paper highlights the different notions designers associate with the word function. Difficulties associated with functional modelling arise from varied and inconsistent notions of functions as well as wider challenges associated with modelling and the introduction of methods in industry.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1469-1760
Extra Information: Special Issue 03 Functional Descriptions in Engineering
Keywords: function; behaviour; design experiment; design methodology
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Design and Innovation
Item ID: 40095
Depositing User: Claudia Eckert
Date Deposited: 07 May 2014 12:27
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 19:00
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