Description

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

Readership

Engineers and engineering students.

Table of Contents

Dedication

List of figures and tables

Acknowledgments

About the author

Chapter 1: The design process

Abstract:

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

Abstract:

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

Abstract:

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

Abstract:

4.1 Introduction to metr

Details

No. of pages:
282
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2012
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9780857095046
Print ISBN:
9780857090935
Print ISBN:
9780081016633

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

Reviews

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