A Structured Approach for Function Based Decomposition of Complex Multi-disciplinary Systems

  • Felician CampeanEmail author
  • Edwin Henshall
  • Unal Yildirim
  • Amad Uddin
  • Huw Williams
Part of the Lecture Notes in Production Engineering book series (LNPE)


The aim of this paper is to introduce the Systems State Flow Diagram as a structured approach to high level solution-independent function based decomposition of a complex multi-disciplinary system. The approach is discussed in the context of existing function modelling frameworks and in relation to current practice in industry. A generic case study is used to introduce the approach and to highlight the salient features, followed by an illustration on its application to the analysis of an electric vehicle powertrain. Experience with the practical application of the approach with engineering teams is discussed.


Systems engineering function decomposition system state function flows product development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Felician Campean
    • 1
    Email author
  • Edwin Henshall
    • 1
  • Unal Yildirim
    • 1
  • Amad Uddin
    • 1
  • Huw Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BradfordBradfordUK

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