Design consistency in iterative design systems

A. Vincent Huffaker*, Oded Z. Maimon

*Corresponding author for this work

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The typical design process moves sequentially through design stages from concept through realization. There are numerous aspects of design, however, that require a non-sequential iteration in the design process, including: the availability of new information (especially prevalent due to the increased use of the Internet and the World Wide Web), inadequate modeling of real-world interactions, concurrent engineering issues, and the existence of design requirements that the design system cannot directly input. Non-sequential design events are a common occurrence in the design process and must be incorporated into any design model. In this paper, the use of iteration in the design process is considered and a design paradigm, diagonalized design, is discussed that incorporates integration of the sequential and iterative natures of design. Design consistency is then formalized and presented as a critical component of any diagonalized design system. Finally, the COAST methodology is demonstrated for maintaining consistency in those design areas where similarity between designs can be calculated and an example is given from variational mechanical design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Japan/USA Symposium on Flexible Automation
EditorsK. Stelson, F. Oba
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1996 Japan-USA Symposium on Flexible Automation. Part 2 (of 2) - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: 7 Jul 199610 Jul 1996

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Japan/USA Symposium on Flexible Automation


ConferenceProceedings of the 1996 Japan-USA Symposium on Flexible Automation. Part 2 (of 2)
CityBoston, MA, USA


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