In dealing with the issue of integrating design and manufacturing, concurrent design evaluation plays an important role. This paper presents a concurrent design evaluation system (CONDENSE) developed to help product designers in evaluating possible design solutions and design alternatives during the early stage of design. It consists of two important functions: a qualitative aspect evaluation applied during the stage of searching for combinations of solution principles to help determine the design specifications, and a quantitative aspect evaluation applied to provide information on performance, assemblability, manufacturability and costs to facilitate design selection. The framework of CONDENSE is based on a blackboard architecture that requires the classification of knowledge into appropriate knowledge sources. As design data are interrelated and may have uncertainty, a graph decomposition algorithm is used in constructing the knowledge sources, and a linguistic evaluation module is integrated with the qualitative aspect evaluation subsystem to deal with data uncertainty. The proposed system has been validated with respect to the design of golf club heads. The results, which have been validated by experienced designers, are promising and can contribute to the speed-up of design and development, improvement of design quality and facilitation of design selection.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering