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Sustainability 2016, 8(10), 992; doi:10.3390/su8100992

A Supernetwork-Based Model for Design Processes of Complex Mechanical Products

College of Mechanical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400030, China
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Received: 2 May 2016 / Revised: 25 September 2016 / Accepted: 27 September 2016 / Published: 9 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Competitive and Sustainable Manufacturing in the Age of Globalization)
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Abstract

Complex mechanical products are a priority area of advanced manufacturing strategy in the USA and Europe. Excellent models for design processes of complex mechanical products are essential for managers or designers to manage design processes and further improve design efficiency. Multiple elements and complicated relationships between elements in the design processes of complex mechanical products cause difficulties in systematically and quantitatively expressing the design processes. Therefore, we put forth a supernetwork-based model for designing complex mechanical products. First, we identified the key elements in the design processes of complex mechanical products. Next, based on this we analyzed sub-elements of the key elements and relationships between sub-elements. Then we built sub-networks with sub-elements as nodes and their relationships as edges and the supernetwork model for design processes of complex mechanical products based on the sub-networks and their relationships. Meanwhile, we also present a method for combining linguistic variables with the corresponding triangular fuzzy numbers, and a max/min synthesis method to accurately compute the edge weights. Finally, we suggest the practical applications of the proposed model and give a comparison of the proposed model and existing ones to verify the feasibility and validity of this study. View Full-Text
Keywords: design processes of complex mechanical products; supernetwork; design structure; design tasks; design resources design processes of complex mechanical products; supernetwork; design structure; design tasks; design resources
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Zheng, Y.-J.; Yang, Y.; Zhang, N.; Jiao, Y. A Supernetwork-Based Model for Design Processes of Complex Mechanical Products. Sustainability 2016, 8, 992.

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