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A study of the mechanical design engineer's strategies and tactics during the later phases of the engineering design process

Motte, Damien LU ; Andersson, Per-Erik LU and Bjärnemo, Robert LU (2004) 16th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology - DETC/DTM'04 In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology - DETC/DTM'04 3a. p.315-324
Abstract
This paper presents the results of an explorative study on the strategies and tactics applied by the mechanical designer during the later phases of the design process. The method chosen for this study is experiment-based, which is appropriate for an in-depth examination of the designer's activities. Six experiments have been run based on three dimensions: 1) the carrying out of basic design tasks consisting of the designer's strategies and tactics; 2) use of rules, principles and guidelines; and 3) consideration of additional factors. The analysis of the experiments is based on the verbal protocol analysis method.

Although the designers individually showed different approaches, the strategies adopted by the experts presented a... (More)
This paper presents the results of an explorative study on the strategies and tactics applied by the mechanical designer during the later phases of the design process. The method chosen for this study is experiment-based, which is appropriate for an in-depth examination of the designer's activities. Six experiments have been run based on three dimensions: 1) the carrying out of basic design tasks consisting of the designer's strategies and tactics; 2) use of rules, principles and guidelines; and 3) consideration of additional factors. The analysis of the experiments is based on the verbal protocol analysis method.

Although the designers individually showed different approaches, the strategies adopted by the experts presented a similar pattern. Some powerful tactics but also some weaknesses have been identified: the experts reasoned very early in the process in terms of concrete parts and components and thus rapidly solved interface problems; on the other hand, the evaluation and check activities were often considered as secondary. (Less)
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detail design, engineering design, cognitive processes, embodiment design, verbal protocol analysis, design process, machine design, maskinkonstruktion
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Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology - DETC/DTM'04
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3a
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10 pages
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American Society Of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
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16th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology - DETC/DTM'04
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0-7918-4696-2
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10.1115/DETC2004-57443
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Although the designers individually showed different approaches, the strategies adopted by the experts presented a similar pattern. Some powerful tactics but also some weaknesses have been identified: the experts reasoned very early in the process in terms of concrete parts and components and thus rapidly solved interface problems; on the other hand, the evaluation and check activities were often considered as secondary.},
  author       = {Motte, Damien and Andersson, Per-Erik and Bjärnemo, Robert},
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  title        = {A study of the mechanical design engineer's strategies and tactics during the later phases of the engineering design process},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/DETC2004-57443},
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