Inventing a new method in statics through knowledge in kinematics

Offer Shai*, Yoram Reich

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Suppose we designed an innovative structure, such as a deployable tensegrity structure, and suppose that while doing so, we are faced with a problem for which no available method could solve. The problem is such that if left without solution could hamper the further development of this structure. Infused Design (ID) is a method for transferring knowledge including solutions and methods between diverse disciplines. If an appropriate method is missing from a particular discipline, ID could be used to invent a new method by transforming methods from other disciplines. This paper reports on inventing a new method that allows finding relations between forces in a tensegrity structure thus determining which element would be a strut and which a cable. The invention process is described in detail. As an approach that has proved useful in inventing several design methods, ID constitutes a fertile source for extending our engineering and scientific knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2009
Pages1139-1145
Number of pages7
EditionPARTS A AND B
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
EventASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2009 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 30 Aug 20092 Sep 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
NumberPARTS A AND B
Volume8

Conference

ConferenceASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period30/08/092/09/09

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