A Decomposition Algorithm for Parametric Design

Juan Manuel Jauregui Becker, W.O. Schotborgh, Frederikus J.A.M. van Houten

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    This paper presents a recursive division algorithm to decompose an under constraint parametric design problem. The algorithm defines the separation of the problem at the hand of two complexity measures that are calculated for each parameter in the problem, namely, the effort E and the influence Inf. The result from applying this algorithm is a sequence indicating the order in which parameters can instantiated by, for example, a random value generator, or be calculated by using an equation. The characteristic of this algorithm is that it considers the structure of the equations in the problem to derive a solving strategy instead of considering its mathematic details. The advantage of doing so, from a design point of view, is that the algorithm is not limited to handling any specific types of equations (like for example pure algebraic or differential). In opposition, the algorithm is capable of handling different combinations of types of knowledge for determining a solving procedure.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11)
    Subtitle of host publicationImpacting Society through Engineering Design
    EditorsT.C. Culley, B.J. Hicks, T.C. McAloone, T.J. Howard , A. Dong
    PublisherThe Design Society
    ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-28-5
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2011
    Event18th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2011 - Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 15 Aug 201119 Aug 2011
    Conference number: 18


    Conference18th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2011
    Abbreviated titleICED


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