Integrated Design Methodology: a proposal for a scientific research-based design process for stimuli-responsive products

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nad
Author: Cano-Franco, Julieth Carolina; Álvarez-Láinez, Mónica Lucía
Series: ICED
Institution: Design Engineering Research Group - GRID, School of Applied Sciences and Engineering, EAFIT University
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 2335-2344
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Complex global problems, such as sustainable crop production, where conventional products do not fully solve the problem due to their low efficacy and negative environmental impact, require rationally designed products. Generally, these products are based on efficient technologies and stimuli-responsive and high-performance materials. Considering the product design approach with a science-based approach such as drug development through QbD. We propose to merge the most relevant elements of these approaches in an integrated design methodology. Regarding the conceptual analysis, we propose two phases: initially, an early phase with conceptual solutions, followed by an advanced phase based on QbD elements to define the research hypothesis. Hence, optimal product conditions defined in the design space must comply with the required performance of the stimuli-responsive product. So, with this proposed integration we pretend to potentialize and strengthen the established tools for product design, achieving an advanced and robust design methodology.

Keywords: Quality by Design - QbD, Intelligent materials, Research methodologies and methods, Conceptual design, science-based design process

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