Chapter 12

Systems for Design and Selection

12.1 The Design Process

Before discussing how knowledge-based systems can be applied to design, it is important to understand what we mean by the word design. Traditionally, a distinction is drawn between engineering design and industrial design:

Engineering design is the use of scientific principles, technical information, and imagination in the definition of a mechanical structure, machine, or system to perform specified functions with the maximum economy and efficiency (Fielden 1963).

Industrial design seeks to rectify the omissions of engineering; it is a conscious attempt to bring form and visual order to engineering hardware where technology does not of itself provide these features (Moody 1980). ...

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