Formal Engineering Design Synthesis

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Erik K. Antonsson, Jonathan Cagan
Cambridge University Press, Sep 29, 2005 - Computers - 500 pages
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The development of a new design is often thought of as a fundamentally human, creative act. However, emerging research has demonstrated that aspects of design synthesis can be formalized. First steps in this direction were taken in the early 1960s when systematic techniques were introduced to guide engineers in producing high-quality designs. By the mid-1980s these methods had evolved from their informal (guideline-like) origins to more formal (computable) methods. In recent years, highly automated design synthesis techniques have emerged. This intriguing book reviews formal design synthesis methods. It also provides an in-depth exploration of several representative projects in formal design synthesis and examines future directions in computational design synthesis research. Written by internationally renowned experts in engineering and architectural design, it covers essential topics in engineering design, and will appeal to designers, researchers and engineering graduate students.
 

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Contents

1 Vitruvius Redux
1
2 How to Calculate with Shapes
20
3 Engineering Shape Grammars
65
4 Creating Structural Configurations
93
5 Microsystem Design Synthesis
126
6 FunctionBased Synthesis Methodsin Engineering Design
170
7 Artificial Intelligence for Design
228
8 Evolutionary and Adaptive Synthesis Methods
270
9 Kinematic Synthesis
321
10 Systematic Chemical Process Synthesis
362
11 Synthesis of Analog and MixedSignal Integrated Electronic Circuits
391
12 Mechanical Design Compilers
428
13 Scientific Discovery and Inventive Engineering Design
442
Index
467
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