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RESEARCH PAPERS: Production Engineering Papers

Measures of Functional Coupling in Design

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J. R. Rinderle

Carnegie-Mellon University; and Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. 02139

N. P. Suh

Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. 02139

J. Eng. Ind 104(4), 383-388 (Nov 01, 1982) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3185846 History: Received June 01, 1981; Online July 30, 2009

Abstract

Algebraic and geometric representations of the general design problem are presented. Quantitative measures of functional coupling in design are developed from this representation which provide valuable insight into the significance of the independence axiom of design. These theoretical measures are applied to Reaction Injection Molding machinery to illustrate the concept of functional independence and the application of quantitative measures of functional coupling.

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