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O'Sullivan, B.
Interactive constraint-aided conceptual design
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Engineering conceptual design can be defined as that phase of the product development process during which the designer takes a specification for a product to be designed and generates many broad solutions to it. This paper presents a constraint-based approach to supporting interactive conceptual design. The approach is based on an expressive and general technique for modeling: the design knowledge that a designer can exploit during a design project; the life-cycle environment that the final product faces; the design specification that defines the set of requirements the product must satisfy; and the structure of the various schemes that are developed by the designer. A computational reasoning environment based on constraint filtering is proposed as the basis of an interactive design support tool. Using such a tool, human designers can be assisted in interactively developing and evaluating a set of schemes that satisfy the various constraints imposed on the design.
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