To address the second research goal, a new representation of functions, including rules the topological connections in a function structure, is presented. It is demonstrated through experiments that the new representation is more expressive than the text-based descriptions of functions used in the Functional Basis, as it formally describes which flows can be connected to which functions. It is also shown that the new representation reduces the uncertainty involved in the individual function structures.The products are the Supermax hair dryer, the Delta jigsaw and the Brother sewing machine. These products are chosen as they use many of the Functional Basisa#39; commonly used functions and one of them, the hair dryer, has been studied inanbsp;...
|Title||:||A Study in the Information Content, Consistency, and Expressive Power of Function Structures in Mechanical Design|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2009|