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1Weaver Innovation Tool: Axiomatic Design (A Brief Introduction) Jonathan Weaver UDM ME Department

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2Weaver References Nam P. Suh, The Principles of Design, Oxford Series on Advanced Manufacturing, 1990. K. Yang & B. El-Haik, Design for Six Sigma: A Roadmap for Product Development, McGraw Hill, 2003. Deo & Suh, Axiomatic Design of Customizable Automotive Suspension, Proceedings of ICAD2004, ICAD-2004-38. Lui & Soderborg, Improving an Existing Design Based on Axiomatic Design Principles, Proceedings of ICAD2000, ICAD-055.

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3Weaver Axiomatic Design Most principally based on the work of Nam Suh at MIT The ultimate goal of Axiomatic Design is to establish a science base for design and to improve design activities by providing the designer with a theoretical foundation based on logical and rational thought processes and tools. Other goals: –To make human designers more creative –Reduce the random search process –Minimize the iterative trial-and-error process –Determine the best designs among those proposed –Endow the computer with creative power through the creation of the science base for the design field

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4Weaver Axiomatic Design (Cont.) Complete coverage of Axiomatic design is a very long endeavor; here we’ll just introduce it Axioms are general principles or self-evident truths that cannot be derived or proven to be true except that there are no counter-examples or exceptions. Two axioms were identified by examining the common elements that are always present in good designs, be it a product, process, or systems design. They were also identified by examining actions taken during the design stage that resulted in dramatic improvements.

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5Weaver Axiomatic Design (Cont.) The two Axioms: –Independence Axiom: The independence of Functional Requirements (FRs) must be always maintained, where FRs are defined as the minimum number of independent functional requirements that characterize the design goals. –Information Axiom: Among those designs that satisfy the Independence Axiom, the design that has the smallest information content is the best design.

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6Weaver Axiomatic Design (Cont.) Violating Axiom 1 results in a coupled design Violating Axiom 2 results in system complexity

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7Weaver Axiomatic Design (Cont.) The Independence Axiom is often misunderstood. Many people confuse between the functional independence with the physical independence. The Independence Axiom requires that the functions of the design be independent from each other, not the physical parts. The second axiom would suggest that physical integration is desirable to reduce the information content, if the functional independence can be maintained. Both axioms can be illustrated using a faucet as an example.

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8Weaver Axiomatic Design (Cont.) Let’s discuss the ‘classic’ faucet design problem from the perspective of axiomatic design –What are the two principle functional requirements? –What are the two principle design parameters? –Is it axiomatic?

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9Weaver Axiomatic Design (Cont.) How about now?

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10Weaver Axiomatic Design (Cont.) Matrices can be an effective way to understand the mapping between functional parameters and design parameters For the faucet design examples:

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11Weaver Axiomatic Design (Cont.) In the ideal case of total independence, the matrix mapping functional requirements to design parameters is square and diagonal, the design is called uncoupled and each design parameter can be manipulated to meet a particular functional requirement without affecting the other parameters or functions Design Parameters DP1DP2DP3DP4 Functions FR1X FR2 X FR3 X FR4 X

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12Weaver Axiomatic Design (Cont.) In the decoupled case, the matrix is upper/lower triangular. The design may be treated as uncoupled if the design parameters are fixed in the order dictated by the matrix Design Parameters DP1DP2DP3DP4 Functions FR1X FR2XX FR3XXX FR4XXXX

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13Weaver Axiomatic Design (Cont.) In the coupled case (highly undesirable), the matrix is populated above and below the main diagonal (possibly completely populated). There is an innovation opportunity with such designs if they can be decoupled! Design Parameters DP1DP2DP3DP4 Functions FR1XXXX FR2XXXX FR3XXXX FR4XXXX

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14Weaver Axiomatic Design (Cont.) Consult Nam Suh’s work for details on the conceptualization process of mapping functional requirements to physical solutions, and ultimately to processes.

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15Weaver Automotive Suspension Example (based on Deo & Suh’s paper) Problem: comfort/handling tradeoffs involving damping and stiffness of suspension Active suspensions have drawbacks: power, size weight, cost This paper looks at adaptive systems wherein some design parameters are changed in response to some information A novel adaptive suspension architecture is proposed which allows independent control of stiffness, damping and ride height

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16Weaver Prior Art on Variable Stiffness and Ride Height A typical solution is an air spring, but as shown below, this design is coupled (the number of FR’s exceeds the number of DP’s) DP 1: Amount of Air FR1: Control Ride HeightX FR 2: Control StiffnessX

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17Weaver Proposed Architecture From Deo & Suh

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18Weaver Mapping of Functional Requirements to Design Parameters DP 1: Pivot Position DP 2: Cam Position DP 3: Orifice Control FR 1: StiffnessX FR 2: Ride HeightXX FR 3: DampingX As discussed in the paper, a feedback control system can eliminate the coupling. Consult the paper for more details.

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19Weaver Automotive NVH Example Liu and Soderborg investigate the effect of a number of design parameters on NVH characteristics The effect of those parameters on NVH as a percent of the total response is measured and tabularized on the next page

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20Weaver From Liu & Soderborg Note that it is highly coupled and the best order to attach the problem is not obvious – until it is re-ordered as shown on the next page.

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21Weaver From Liu & Soderborg Now the best order – and the necessary tradeoffs along the way – are clear!

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