The activity of developing models of devices, products, objects, and processes based on their functionalities and the functionalities of their subcomponents (Erden et al. 2008). The main portion of the research is to develop theories for representing the concept of function in a computer or sometimes without a computer.
This essay describes function modeling mainly in the context of design support.
Theory and Application
Research on function modeling started on the late 1980s as a part of knowledge engineering assuming applications such as intelligent CAD, fault diagnosis, and intelligent robotics. Since then, function modeling research continues to be active, e.g., recent special issue of AIEDAM (artificial intelligence for engineering design, analysis, and manufacturing) (Vermaas and Eckert 2013). The main reason is that although the concept of function is commonly used in various engineering activities, function has no clear, uniform, and widely accepted definition...
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