A generic synthesis algorithm for well-defined parametric design

W.O. Schotborgh, Frans Kokkeler, Hendrik Tragter, M.J. Bomhoff, Frederikus J.A.M. van Houten

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This paper aims to improve the way synthesis tools can be built by formalizing: 1) the design artefact, 2) related knowledge and 3) an algorithm to generate solutions. This paper focuses on well-defined parametric engineering design, ranging from machine elements to industrial products. A design artefact is formalized in terms of parameters and topology elements. The knowledge is classified in three types: resolving rules to determine parameter values, constraining rules to restrict parameter values and expansion rules to add elements to the topology. A synthesis algorithm, based on an opportunistic design strategy, is described and tested for three design cases.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th CIRP Design Conference
EditorsF.J.A.M. van Houten, J. Miedema, D. Lutters
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherUniversity of Twente
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-90-365-2634-0
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event18th CIRP Design Conference 2008: Design Synthesis - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 7 Apr 20089 Apr 2008
Conference number: 18


Conference18th CIRP Design Conference 2008


  • EWI-14558
  • METIS-255397
  • IR-61109

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