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Title: Knowledge-based inventive conceptual design
Author: Liu, Huimin
ISNI:       0000 0004 2750 2721
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2007
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Conceptual design is the first phase of the design process. Most basic functions of a new product and the solutions for solving design problems are generated in this critical phase, which will affect the attributes in the later detailed design process. Conceptual design, especially the process of concept generation, is an innovation process that is achieved by human intelligence. The intuition and experience of designers play a significant role during the design process which is hard to be replaced by computer-aided tools or artificial intelligence technology. TR1Z is an inventive problem-solving tool to help people improve creativity. It is applied in this work to generate creative design concepts. The TRIZ inventive principles are extended by integrating other TRIZ tools and TRIZ-derived tools. These principles are also restructured by the inspiration of I-Ching. The Behaviour-Entity representation of inventive principles enables the generation of new and innovative solutions based on TRIZ. The TRIZ Contradiction Matrix (CM) and inventive principles are then used to develop the TRIZ-based concept generation approach by adding constraints to the standard Behaviour-Entity representation of TRIZ. This approach is developed to retrieve modified TRIZ inventive principles and to generate new solutions by re-organising the BEC (Behaviour-Entity-Constraint) representation of principles according to the conflicting design requirements. Finally, a negotiation-based approach is integrated with an existing no-compromise approach to develop a knowledge-based system for automatically detecting and resolving conflicts. The recommendation is given as an output arranged by weight to help the designer improve creativity and efficiency for concept generation and conflict resolution in conceptual design. The approach is implemented by using a rule-based language, JESS. A case study of aircraft fuselage layout design is presented to demonstrate the benefits of using this conflict resolution system.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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