Empirical Examination of the Functional Basis and Design Repository

  • Benjamin W Caldwell
  • Chiradeep Sen
  • Gregory M Mocko
  • Joshua D Summers
  • Georges M Fadel

This paper investigates the use of functional basis within the design repository through the observation of eleven functional models. It also examines the amount of information contained in the functional model of a hair dryer at various hierarchical levels. Two experiments show that the secondary level of the functional basis hierarchy is used most often because the secondary level provides significantly more information than the primary level, and the tertiary level does not provide enough additional information to be useful.


Functional Model Secondary Level Tertiary Level Functional Basis Empirical Examination 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin W Caldwell
    • 1
  • Chiradeep Sen
    • 1
  • Gregory M Mocko
    • 1
  • Joshua D Summers
    • 1
  • Georges M Fadel
    • 1
  1. 1.Clemson UniversityUSA

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