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Adapted Concept Generation and Computational Techniques for the Application of a Transformer Design Theory

[+] Author Affiliations
Stewart M. Skiles, Vikramjit Singh, Jarden Krager, Carolyn Conner Seepersad, Kristin L. Wood

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Dan Jensen

United States Air Force Academy, USAF Academy, CO

Paper No. DETC2006-99584, pp. 951-965; 15 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: 32nd Design Automation Conference, Parts A and B
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, September 10–13, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4255-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3784-X
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


Transformers are a class of products with great potential in a number of markets and applications. These are systems that exhibit a change in state to facilitate new or enhanced product functionality. The historical children’s toys known as “transformers” provide a mental picture of this definition. Working examples are vertical lift aircraft that function as helicopters for take-offs but transform to propeller-driven airplanes for point-to-point travel. This paper builds on research into developing principles and design methodologies for the creation of transforming products. We summarize this research and demonstrate an approach for implementing Transformer Design Principles as part of an ideation and computational design process. An application to an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV-TACMAV) illustrates the utility of the approach.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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