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Axiomatic Design: Advances and Applications

Design education, research, and practice have recently seen considerable evolution as university programs, researchers, journals, and conferences systematize design as a discipline and science. Nam P. Suh's book Axiomatic Design: Advances and Applications contributes to this systematic and scientific base and presents a fresh perspective on design, establishing a rational framework for the discipline.

The first three chapters of Axiomatic Design cover the fundamental principles of axiomatic design. The following chapters offer a complete treatment of the design of systems, software, materials and materials processing, manufacturing systems, and product design. Suh shows how a scientific and systematic approach to design improves efficiency, productivity, savings, reliability, and quality for industries that currently rely on ad hoc design systems; Axiomatic Design contains the principles and practical knowledge necessary to achieve these improvements. Perfect for senior and graduate design and mechanical engineering students as well as professional engineers, Axiomatic Design offers the tools necessary to design with ease and elegance and serves as a stepping-stone in the ever-evolving intellectual science of design.


  • Applies the principles of axiomatic design to a variety of real-life situations including mechanism design, software engineering, and basic business processes
  • Includes numerous integrated case studies using axiomatic design to solve real-life design challenges
  • Draws material from consulting cases with industrial firms throughout the world
  • Requires no prerequisite reading (The Principles of Design can be read for clarification)
  • Expands through the use of interesting applications and examples the principles of axiomatic design to a great variety of real-life situations, including mechanism design, software engineering, and basic business processes.
  • Numerous integrated case studies using axiomatic design to solve real-life design challenges.
  • Material is drawn from actual consulting cases.


"This is an original and innovative book, which builds upon and extends the area covered in Nam Suh's first book, The Principles of Design. Given Suh's eminence and far-sightedness, I think the book will be of considerable interest it a general readership, and particularly to university staff." John Crookall, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cranfield University

"This method has great implications to the field of systems engineering - it ties the SE discipline to something that you can get your hands on. In particular, look to the application of the method to the design of physical systems and their corresponding manufacturing systems. This isn't a trivial or invalid subject. People who need ways to handle complexity and the total system design problem will benefit as will designers of common products. Software and hardware designers can both benefit, although the author uses language that is more recognizable in the realm of mechanical engineering and manufacturing systems. This material will take some time to integrate into your own storehouse of knowledge - so don't rush it. Approach this material with a need in hand, but with the understanding that it will likely modify your view of your discipline. Then you will make use of this material. Note the bibliographies; dig into the applications of this theory. You won't be disappointed in the outcome." Reader

Product Details

528 pages; 226 illus.; 7-1/2 x 9-1/4; 0-19-513466-4

About the Author

Nam Pyo Suh, Ralph & Eloise F. Cross Professor, and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Price $131

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