International Journal of Automotive Technology

, Volume 19, Issue 6, pp 969–979 | Cite as

Function Integration for Lightweight Chassis Based on Axiomatic Design and Design Structure Matrix

  • Meng Wang
  • Elmar BeehEmail author
  • Andreas Höfer
  • Horst Friedrich


Function integration is the way used commonly to achieve the lightweight design system. To realize the design successfully by combing two systems multifaceted issues in need to be considered. The potential functional conflicts between the existing systems are the major unfavorable factors limiting the design. In order to complete the better design, the functional and physical relationships in the systems should be figured out. This paper proposes the approach, by which the function integration process is expressed using the axiomatic design. In the design process, the mutual relationships of design parameters in the systems are investigated by means of design matrices. The design concepts are compared and evaluated by the method combining the axiomatic design and design structure matrix.

Key Words

Lightweight design Design method Logic of design Product design 




axiomatic design


function requirement


design parameter


desgin structure matrix


desgin matrix


function requirement of system A


function requirement of system B


design parameter of system A


design parameter of system B


function requirement of motor system


function requirement of suspension system


design parameter of motor system


design parameter of suspension system



DP has strong effect on the corresponding FR


DP has weak effect on the corresponding FR


output variables has strong effect on FR

DP has normal effect on the corresponding FR


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meng Wang
    • 1
  • Elmar Beeh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andreas Höfer
    • 1
  • Horst Friedrich
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Vehicle ConceptsGerman Aerospace Center (DLR)StuttgartGermany

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