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Models in Engineering Design: Generative and epistemic function of product models

Eckert, Claudia and Hillerbrand, Rafaela (2018). Models in Engineering Design: Generative and epistemic function of product models. In: Vermaas, Pieter and Vial, Stéphane eds. Advancements in the Philosophy of Design. Design Research Foundations. Springer, pp. 219–242.

URL: https://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783319733012
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73302-9_11
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Abstract

Engineers interact with their products and processes largely through models, however rarely reflect about the nature of these models and how technical possibilities and actions are affected by the models’ properties and characteristics. Models in engineering describe the product, but at the same time also shape and create them. This clearly distinguishes them from scientific models that primarily aim to describe a certain target system. While over the last decades or so, there has been a growing body of literature on models in the sciences, much less research has been done on models in engineering design. In this chapter we aim to fill this gap by looking at the epistemology of design from the model point of view. In particular we suggest a classification of different types of models used in engineering design and compare them to models used in scientific research. This is not an encompassing map of models in engineering practice, but we aim to identify key categories of models with regards to their relationship to their targets. We contend that the function of models in design cannot be fully captured when focusing on the representative aspects of models alone as is usual in contemporary philosophy of science.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2016 Not known
ISBN: 3-319-73302-8, 978-3-319-73302-9
Keywords: models; models in science; engineering design; representation
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
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
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Item ID: 47455
Depositing User: Claudia Eckert
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2016 09:23
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2018 07:20
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/47455
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