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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In the early 1960s systematic techniques were introduced to guide engineers in producing high-quality designs. By the mid-1980s, these methods evolved from their informal guideline-like origins to more formal computable methods. Recently, highly automated design synthesis techniques have emerged. This timely work reviews the state of the art in 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. The chapters are written by internationally renowned experts in engineering and architectural design.

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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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