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Guidelines for Product Evolution Using Effort Flow Analysis: Results of an Empirical Study

[+] Author Affiliations
James L. Greer, Kristin L. Wood

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

John J. Wood

Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO

Daniel D. Jensen

U.S. Air Force Academy, USAF Academy, CO

Paper No. DETC2002/DTM-34013, pp. 139-150; 12 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 14th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology, Integrated Systems Design, and Engineering Design and Culture
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 29–October 2, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3624-X
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The results of an empirical product study aimed at deducing product evolution design guidelines are presented. The derived design guidelines support a directed product evolution methodology known as effort flow analysis. Effort flow analysis provides a systematic framework for identifying component combination opportunities leading to either rigid-body or compliant mechanisms in the domain of mechanical effort transmissions. Design guidelines, effort flow analysis, and the empirical study are discussed. A classified list of the derived guidelines is presented along with analysis of a sample product group from the study.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Flow (Dynamics)



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