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A Clock Grammar: The Use of a Parallel Grammar in Performance-Based Mechanical Synthesis

[+] Author Affiliations
Alex C. Starling, Kristina Shea

Engineering Design Centre, Cambridge, UK

Paper No. DETC2002/DTM-34026, pp. 287-296; 10 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


Effective methods of computational synthesis for mechanical systems must represent both function and structure in order to generate physical designs with desired behaviors. To this aim, a parallel grammar for mechanical synthesis was developed based on a Function-Behavior-Structure design model. This parallel grammar was implemented for the domain of mechanical clocks and watches in order to demonstrate the flexibility and strengths of the approach. Designs were produced using a fully parametric parts library. Incorporating performance considerations, generate-and-test methods were then used to produce clock designs that satisfy different sets of spatial constraints to demonstrate the potential of the method for general mechanical synthesis problems.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Clocks



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