Modular design is a design technique that can be used to develop complex products using similar components [46, 84]. Components used in a modular product must have features that enable them to be coupled together to form a complex product. Modular design can be viewed as the process of producing units that perform discrete functions, then connecting the units together to provide a variety of functions. Modular design emphasizes the minimization of interactions between components, which will enable components to be designed and produced independently. Each component designed for modularity is supposed to support one or more functions. When components are structured together to form a product, they will support a larger or general function. This shows the importance of analyzing the product function and decomposing it into sub-functions that can be satisfied by different functional modules.
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