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SUPPORTING FUNCTIONALITY-BASED DESIGN IN COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN SYSTEMS

by Muogboh, Obinna Stan

Abstract (Summary)
Designs are conceptualized in terms of the functions they need to accomplish. The need for a new product design arises as a result of the identification of a new functionality to be accomplished by the product. That is, design is functionality driven. However, existing CAD tools are not equipped to capture functionality or reason in such a fashion to support design for product functionality. This research proposes a new design formalism to enable functionality-driven design of mechanically engineered products. This procedure provides a methodology that allows a designer to model product functionality and to carry out conceptual design with the aid of a computer. It also serves as a bridging tool between the conceptual design phase and detailed design phase of a product. Thus, the primary objective of this research is to develop a methodology that will support the following activities in CAD systems: functionality modeling, functionality data structuring, and form conceptualization. The functionality modeling methodology developed in this work includes the use of operands, operators, and coupling bonds to describe product functionality in CAD systems. The Universal Modeling Language (an object-oriented programming technique) is used to model product functionality in computer systems. The tools developed in this research provide a means of modeling and propagating product functionality information to downstream design activities. The propagation of functionality as a constraint is achieved using Extensible Markup Language (XML) data files. These tools also provide a mechanism for verifying and enforcing constraints on solid CAD models. The functionality definition interface is implemented with a customized Microsoft Visio graphics engine. The tools developed in this research provide a means of modeling and propagating product functionality information to downstream design activities. It also provides a mechanism for verifying and enforcing constraints on solid CAD models. The functionality definition interface is implemented with a customized Microsoft Visio graphics engine.
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Advisor:Bopaya Bidanda; Bartholomew O. Nnaji; Dipo Onipede; Michael Lovell; Mary Besterfield-Sacre

School:University of Pittsburgh

School Location:USA - Pennsylvania

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:industrial engineering

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Date of Publication:04/04/2003

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