Functional analysis in embodiment design - an investigation of embodiment function relations in testing activities

DS 94: Proceedings of the Design Society: 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)

Year: 2019
Editor: Wartzack, Sandro; Schleich, Benjamin; Gon
Author: Grauberger, Patric; Vo‡, Katharina; Matthiesen, Sven
Series: ICED
Institution: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Section: Design methods and tools
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ISSN: 2220-4342


Testing contributes to success of engineering design as it plays an important role in gaining insights about the system in development. Literature indicates that for success in engineering design, gaining insights about relations of embodiment and function is crucial. In this contribution, an investigation of how insights about embodiment function relations are gained in testing, is conducted. For this, the testing documentation in a student development project is analysed. The results show a correlation of gaining insights about embodiment function relations to success in engineering design. Potential for improvement in data acquisition and processing is uncovered, which will be used in a succeeding study to investigate this issue in more detail.

Keywords: Embodiment design, Design engineering, Functional modelling, Evaluation, Design methods


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