Title: Capturing constraint evolution: a technique to preserve and handle design knowledge

Authors: Lian Ding; Jason Matthews; Glen Mullineux

Addresses: Innovative Design and Manufacturing Research Centre, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, BA27AY, UK. ' Department of Engineering and Technology, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL, UK. ' Innovative Design and Manufacturing Research Centre, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, BA27AY, UK

Abstract: Product development can be considered as the evolutionary and iterative process of recognition, formulation and satisfaction of constraints. These become the rationale driving the design to the final specifications, with the evolution of constraints reflecting the design process, and decisions made by designers. This paper proposes an approach that allows the designer to annotate product models with constraints, which can be used to optimise the design by monitoring and adapting the constraints. It is also proposed that the evolving constraints can then be used to retrace the engineering decision-making processes, thus aiding new designers to assimilate and digest the design.

Keywords: constraint-based design; annotation; constraint evolution; product development; design knowledge; CAD models; modelling; constraint optimisation; product design; product models; engineering decision making.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2011.043665

International Journal of Product Development, 2011 Vol.15 No.1/2/3, pp.135 - 155

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 11 Nov 2011 *

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