A Decomposition Methodology for Uncoupled Modular Product Design

  • Ali K. Kamrani
  • Sa’ed M. Salhieh


Before the application of the modularity concept, the design process involved developing a unique and optimum design for a given product or system. Designers focused on satisfying a set of design and manufacturing attributes while maintaining a predetermined target cost. As a result, a complex design was proposed, incorporating functionally interdependent layers, requiring costly and time consuming iterations. This process provided highly coupled designs, where modification of one area directly affects other areas of design. This chapter addresses modularity and its use in un-coupled approach for product design.


Modularity un-coupled design design axioms product development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali K. Kamrani
    • 1
  • Sa’ed M. Salhieh
    • 2
  1. 1.University of HoustonUSA
  2. 2.The University of JordanJordan

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