Development of a methodology for using function analysis in flexible design strategies

A. M. King, S. Sivaloganathan

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This paper shows the development of a function analysis methodology for use in flexible design. This is a strategy to identify common areas of existing designs and then form a new 'core design' on which the new designs can be based. A full review of current function analysis techniques is given, from which the new systematic methodology is based. The method has three stages: function identification, function description and function systematization. An industrial case study is given with the function analysis of a powered wheelchair.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-230
Number of pages16
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Design methodology
  • Design re-use
  • Flexible design
  • Function analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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