Design for Adaptability Identifying Potential for Improvement on an Architecture Basis

DS 71: Proceedings of NordDesign 2012, the 9th NordDesign conference, Aarlborg University, Denmark. 22-24.08.2012

Year: 2012
Editor: Assoc. Prof. Poul Kyvsgaard Hansen, Professor John Rasmussen, Assoc. Prof. Kaj A. Jřrgensen, Assoc. Prof. Christian Tollestrup
Author: Kissel, Maximilian; Schrieverho_, Phillip; Lindemann, Udo
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: 1: Aalborg University, Denmark; 2: Design Society, United Kingdom
ISBN: 978-87-91831-51-5


Adaptability provides additional value to stakeholders over the whole life-cycle. But the systematic design of product life-cycle properties into complex systems constitutes an ambiguous task. Design for Adaptability (DfA) is an evolving topic in both science and industry. However, the transformation of a system to a desired “amount” of adaptability is impeded by lack of transparency of dependencies among system elements and their vague influence on the properties. Therefore, we present methodology, which allows improving systematically the adaptability of a system. The first step clarifies of the adaptability business case. Then, the system model is generated and analyzed. Dependent on the business case measures for improvement can be derived. At the example of an automotive braking system for an electric vehicle, we demonstrated the application of the methodology.

Keywords: Product Architecture Design, Design for Adaptability, Structural Complexity


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