Function-to-form mapping: Model, representation and applications in design synthesis

U. Roy, N. Pramanik, R. Sudarsan, R. D. Sriram, K. W. Lyons

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Design of a new artifact begins with incomplete knowledge about the final product and the design evolves as it progresses from the conceptual design stage to a more detailed design. In this paper, an effort has been made to give a structural framework, through a set of generic definitions, to product specification, functional representation, artifact representation, artifact behavior and tolerance representation. A design synthesis process has been proposed for evolution of a product from the product specification. The proposed design synthesis method is a mapping from the functional requirements to artifacts, with multi-stage constrained optimization during stages of design evolution. Provisions have been kept to augment and/or modify the product specification and domain knowledge during stages of development to guide the design process. The effectiveness of the proposed design process has been illustrated with a simple design example based on a sample artifact library. An overall design scheme has been presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-719
Number of pages21
JournalCAD Computer Aided Design
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 2001


  • CAD
  • Conceptual design
  • Design synthesis
  • Function-to-form mapping
  • Object-oriented representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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