'What-if' design: a synthesis method in the design process

Diederick Lutters, Thomas H.J. Vaneker, Frederikus J.A.M. van Houten

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In integrating functions, information and control in the design and engineering cycle, the information content acts as a facilitator, whereas the processes involved actually effectuate the results of the development cycle. As combining processes in an effective and efficient manner becomes increasingly feasible, a more dynamic coherence between the processes involved is implied, calling for different control principles, whilst maintaining -and possibly increasing-flexibility. This increases the competency in understanding and utilising consequences of design decisions. Based on this, a ‘what-if design support system can help in performing routine tasks and aiding designers and engineers in understanding more complex challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-116
Number of pages4
JournalCIRP annals : manufacturing technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • METIS-221711
  • ‘what-if’ design
  • design support system
  • Information Management
  • IR-73044


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