Introductory Case Studies

  • Dan Braha
  • Oded Maimon
Part of the Applied Optimization book series (APOP, volume 17)


It is not enough to just read about the design process as discussed in this book to truly understand the role of each phase, and the evolution that causes transformation between a functional and a structural description of a device. One must experience it This chapter attempts to provide experience through some examples of design processes. These five cases were chosen to give the reader insight into the design process (emphasizing the synthesis part), and the thinking of designers in different design situations. Evidence must be provided to determine whether or not the design process is evolutionary in nature. We believe that the evidence in the following examples is compelling, and serves as strong corroboration that the design process is evolutionary in nature.


Flexible Manufacture System Supercritical Fluid Chromatography Memory Unit Programmable Logic Controller Switching Circuit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dan Braha
    • 1
  • Oded Maimon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Industrial EngineeringBen Gurion UniversityBeer ShevaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Industrial EngineeringTel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael

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