Advanced Engineering Design - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780857090935, 9780857095046

Advanced Engineering Design

1st Edition

An Integrated Approach

Authors: Efrén Benavides
eBook ISBN: 9780857095046
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857090935
Paperback ISBN: 9780081016633
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 24th November 2011
Page Count: 282
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This book provides engineers and students with a general framework focusing on the processes of designing new engineering products. The procedures covered by the framework lead the reader to the best trade-offs to ensure maximum satisfaction of the customer’s needs, meeting the lowest cost expectations, ensuring the lowest environmental impact and maximising profits and best positioning in the marketplace. Chapters discuss the engineering tools that are compatible with these goals and sustainable activity.

Key Features

  • The design process is defined in terms of operators acting over the information space
  • The information content is defined as a difference of entropies
  • Creation and destruction of entropy are defined as procedures of the design process


Engineers and engineering students.

Table of Contents


List of figures and tables


About the author

Chapter 1: The design process


1.1 The concept of design and related terms

1.2 Design as a value-generating process in society

1.3 The goal of design theories

1.4 Background

1.5 The scope of design theories

1.6 The definition of design

1.7 The characteristics of design

1.8 Design problem

1.9 Activities in the design process

1.10 Information management

1.11 The design process as a product

1.12 The importance of the design process

1.13 The importance of Design Science

Chapter 2: Information, entropy and its relationship to design


2.1 The design process in terms of probabilities

2.2 Definition of design

2.3 Uncertainty

2.4 Entropy

2.5 Joint entropy, conditioned entropy and relative entropy

2.6 Mutual information

2.7 Upper and lower bounds of mutual information. Information content of a variable

2.8 Process information

2.9 Spaces of definition: need–solution–response–satisfaction

2.10 Degree of satisfaction

2.11 Conceptual and detailed design

2.12 Operators. Necessary, generated and available information

2.13 First statements

Chapter 3: Axiomatic design


3.1 Introduction to axiomatic design

3.2 Independence axiom

3.3 Information axiom

3.4 Independence of the axioms

3.5 Most relevant theorems and corollaries

3.6 Design process

3.7 Example application in the aeronautical industry: main bearing configuration on a jet engine

3.8 Quantitative study of the design matrix

3.9 Example application: flow and temperature control 54

Chapter 4: Metric design


4.1 Introduction to metric design

4.2 Quality loss

4.3 System design and parameter design

4.4 Tolerance design

4.5 Robust design

4.6 Cost-effectiveness of advanced design techniques

4.7 Example application

Chapter 5: Reliability-based design


5.1 Objective of reliability calculations

5.2 Definition of reliability

5.3 Calculating the probability of failure

5.4 First-Order Reliability Model (FORM)

5.5 Semi-empirical reliability model

5.6 Example application: influence of radial clearance on bearing life with a surface fatigue failure mode

Chapter 6: Entropy-based design


6.1 The Minimum Tolerance Theorem

6.2 The Linearity Theorem

6.3 Example application: conceptual design of a fuel supply system for gasoline engines

6.4 The principle of minimum generation of entropy and information

Appendix: statistical concepts



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About the Author

Efrén Benavides

Prof. Efrén M. Benavides is a lecturer at the School of Aeronautics (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) in mechanical design, reciprocating engines and propulsion systems with research work in the field of aeronautics. These research fields include several topics related with engineering design such as axial compressors, reciprocating engines, thermoacoustics, heat transfer and reliability. Benavides has written several articles about these subjects in a variety of scholarly journals and scientific literature.

Affiliations and Expertise

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain


The author has succeeded with this new book in skillfully collating the different theories and current thinking in engineering design processes., Materials World, Kevin Edwards FIMMM