Formal Engineering Design Synthesis

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Overview

In the early 1960s systematic techniques were introduced to guide engineers in producing high-quality designs. By the mid-1980s, these methods evolved from their informal guideline-like origins to more formal computable methods. Recently, highly automated design synthesis techniques have emerged. This timely work reviews the state of the art in formal design synthesis methods. It also provides an in-depth exploration of several representative projects in formal design synthesis and examines future directions in computational design synthesis research. The chapters are written by internationally renowned experts in engineering and architectural design.
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Thirteen contributions from Antonsson (mechanical engineering, California Institute of Technology), Cagan (mechanical engineering, Carnegie Mellon U.), and other academics and practitioners in engineering and architectural design discuss methods for formal automated engineering design synthesis. Topics include, for example, shape grammars, stochastic optimization, kinematic synthesis, mechanical design compilers, MEMS design, and the synthesis of analog and mixed-signal integrated electronic circuits. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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'Formal Engineering Design Synthesis celebrates the sheer intellectual pleasure of design. Through rigour in theory and daring in application the articles in this book present an inspiring guide to state-of-the-art research.' Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521792479
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributing Authors
Foreword
Preface
Introduction
1 Vitruvius Redux 1
2 How to Calculate with Shapes 20
3 Engineering Shape Grammars 65
4 Creating Structural Configurations 93
5 Microsystem Design Synthesis 126
6 Function-Based Synthesis Methods in Engineering Design 170
7 Artificial Intelligence for Design 228
8 Evolutionary and Adaptive Synthesis Methods 270
9 Kinematic Synthesis 321
10 Systematic Chemical Process Synthesis 362
11 Synthesis of Analog and Mixed-Signal Integrated Electronic Circuits 391
12 Mechanical Design Compilers 428
13 Scientific Discovery and Inventive Engineering Design 442
Index 467
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