Nature-inspired Process Model for Concept Selection and Evaluation in Engineering Design

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: Parvan, Manuela Iulia; Miedl, Florian; Lindemann, Udo
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: 1: Aalborg University, Denmark; 2: Design Society, United Kingdom
ISBN: 978-87-91831-51-5


A main challenge in engineering represents the evaluation and selection of concepts in the early phase of product development. This decision making process is highly complex due to the various influence factors that have to be considered simultaneously. Actual methods used involve much know-how and experience and often imply an increased work effort and costs. To overcome these challenges a more effective concept selection process is needed. In this paper an intuitive and easy to apply method for concept evaluation and selection in engineering design is presented. The method is based on selection mechanisms found in nature and can be used in engineering and other related disciplines for concept development and information filtering. The collected and adapted selection mechanisms from nature and engineering are embedded within an application process. The user can apply the natureinspired process model to evaluate the designed concepts by using tailored K.O-criteria. The functionality of the process model is tested within two scenarios.

Keywords: product concept selection, decision making, nature-inspired design


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