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The Principles of Design

The original 1990 treatise on Axiomatic Design methods, this text covers the fundamental concepts, supported by numerous examples of executing Axiomatic Design analysis.


Here is a basic introduction to a systematic approach to the process of conceptualizing and generating industrial design and its application in all phases of planning and production. It is intended to offer instruction, based on rational and scientific knowledge, in place of the intuitive approach to design often encountered in engineering practice and education. The book presents basic principles and constitutes an exposition of these fundamental axioms and their application. The emphasis is on identifying problems in a clear, scientific manner, so that the correct solution may be arrived at regardless of the mathematical treatment involved. In particular, the importance of conceptualizing design approaches--a uniquely human, intellectual skill--is highlighted, since too often educators and engineers try to limit this process to computer techniques. Case studies are extensively presented to illustrate the significance as well as the use of the axioms in solving real problems. The work is based on extensive experience at M.I.T's Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, where Axiomatic Design is a major program. The goal of the program is to bring a scientific approach to the decision-making process related to manufacturing--an approach that facilitates rational design of processes and products, as well as the optimization of manufacturing systems.

Product Details

Hardcover: 418 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 1, 1990)
ISBN: 0195043456
Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
Shipping weight: 1.9 pounds

About the Author

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

Price $112

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