The Principles of Design

Hardcover | October 1, 1978

byNam P. Suh

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Here is a basic introduction to the principles of industrial design and their application in all phases of planning and production. It is intended to offer experienced instruction, based on scientific knowledge, in place of the intuitive approach to the field often encountered in engineeringpractice and education. The book presents basic principles and constitutes an exposition of these fundamental axioms and their application. The emphasis is on identifying problems in a clear, scientific manner, so that the correct solution may be arrived at regardless of the mathematical treatmentinvolved. In particular, the importance of conceptualizing design approaches--a uniquely human, intellectual skill--is highlighted, since too often educators and engineers try to limit this process to computer techniques. Case studies are extensively presented to illustrate the significance as wellas the use of the axioms in solving real problems. The work is based on extensive experience at M.I.T's Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, where axiomatics is a major program. The goal of the program is to bring a scientific approach to the decision-making process related tomanufacturing--an approach that facilitates rational design of processes and products, as well as the optimization of manufacturing systems.

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Here is a basic introduction to the principles of industrial design and their application in all phases of planning and production. It is intended to offer experienced instruction, based on scientific knowledge, in place of the intuitive approach to the field often encountered in engineeringpractice and education. The book presents b...

Nam P. Suh is at MIT and Assistant Director of Engineering, National Science Foundation.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:418 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.1 inPublished:October 1, 1978Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195043456

ISBN - 13:9780195043457

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Design and Design Process3. Design Axioms and Corollaries4. The Independence Axiom and its Implications5. The Information Axiom and its Implications6. Case Studies: Design of Manufacturing Process and Intelligent Machines7. Case Studies: Design Products8. Case Studies Involving Information Content9. Case Study: Design of an Organization10. Mathematical Representation of the Design Axioms and Computerized Axiomatic System

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"A good choice for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students with engineering or product design backgrounds." --Choice