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Axiomatic Design: Review, Impact, and Future Direction

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Derrick Tate

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China

Paper No. IMECE2015-51282, pp. V015T19A006; 12 pages
  • ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 15: Advances in Multidisciplinary Engineering
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 13–19, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5758-8
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


Design broadly defined deals with mapping from societal wants or needs to means for satisfying these needs. Axiomatic design is a well-known approach to design that was initially proposed by Nam P. Suh in the late 1970s. Since that time, it has underpinned much academic research in engineering design; it has been taught internationally as part of engineering curricula; and it has been used across many industries. This paper attempts to assess the impact of axiomatic design in guiding design research; its practical, industrial applications; as well as its role in stimulating and renewing engineering education. This paper also provides a brief review of the concepts underlying axiomatic design theory including its motivation and history of development, recent activity within the axiomatic design community, and suggestions for future research directions.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME
Topics: Design



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