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Pushing the Limits of Vehicle Design: Utilizing a Parametric Shape Grammar to Explore Cross-Over Vehicle Concepts

[+] Author Affiliations
Seth Orsborn, Jonathan Cagan

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Richard Pawlicki, Randall C. Smith

General Motors, Warren, MI

Paper No. DETC2006-99152, pp. 253-263; 11 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4a: 18th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, September 10–13, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4258-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3784-X
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


As consumers express a desire for vehicles that are useful for multiple purposes, automobile manufacturers are responding with vehicles that blur the distinctions between vehicle classes. By understanding the traditional classes, new cross-over vehicles can be developed. Parametric shape grammars offer the flexibility to create innovative new designs both within and across classes, while staying within appropriate form and functional constraints attributed to automobiles. Through the use of universal rules and the understanding of allowable parametric ranges, many novel cross-over vehicle concepts can easily be created.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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