A Measure for Modularity and Comparative Analysis of Modularity Metrics
Modularity is an effect method to response to the demand for increasing variety in the market. Modular product consists of modules, aims at decomposing complex products into simplified components by dissociated interfaces. Quantifying the degree of modularity is central to the research on modular product design. In this paper, we surveyed the literature for modularity measures, and proposed a metric for modularity to maximize cohesion degree within the modules and minimize coupling degree between the modules. At the same, comparative analysis is made on modularity metrics addressed by some literatures and this paper. It is hoped that this research will provide an approach to analyze the relationship between the two modules, which will shape future research in the field of modular product family architecture.
KeywordsMetrics Modularity Modular product design
This work was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 71462007 and 51765019).
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