A GENERALIZED ENGINEERING DESIGN PROCEDURE
Doctoral thesis, Jan 1966-Jun 1968
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV UNIVERSITY PARK DEPT OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING
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An engineering design theory is developed, which permits an entire design field to be analyzed within the framework of existing knowledge. This theory is the basis of a generalized design procedure to aid in establishing direct relationships between engineering design problems and their solutions. The procedure is basically nondimensional, so that a wide variety of design problems and their solutions can be collapsed into fundamental types. The design theory provides understanding of the nature of and the relationships between scaling laws, design parameters, optimization parameters, classification parameters, and research variables. Application of the generalized procedure to a design field helps to organize knowledge of that field and shows where research or invention is needed. Means of systematically simplifying and solving complex design problems are included, and relationships are established between families of design form and sets of design problems. Also included is a modification of the design theory useful in setting up and solving experimental research problems.
- Statistics and Probability
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods