Managing Design-Process Complexity: A Value-of-Information Based Approach for Scale and Decision Decoupling

TitleManaging Design-Process Complexity: A Value-of-Information Based Approach for Scale and Decision Decoupling
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsPanchal, J. H., C. J. J. Paredis, J. K. Allen, and F. Mistree
JournalJournal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering
Volume9
Pagination021005
Abstract

Design-processes for multiscale, multifunctional systems are inherently complex due to the interactions between scales, functional requirements, and the resulting design decisions. While complex design-processes that consider all interactions lead to better designs, simpler design-processes where some interactions are ignored are faster and resource efficient. In order to determine the right level of simplification of design-processes, designers are faced with the following questions: (a) How should complex designprocesses be simplified without affecting the resulting product performance? (b) How can designers quantify and evaluate the appropriateness of different design-process alternatives? In this paper, the first question is addressed by introducing a method for determining the appropriate level of simplification of design-processes

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