Research in intelligent design automation has increased in recent years, utilizing advances in expert system and artificial intelligence technology. Advances in general design methodology theories are important to continued research, as are new techniques for representing these theories in the computer. Based on newly developed theories and techniques, a general design knowledge-based system shell (DKBS) has been developed. This shell is applied to dwell mechanism design to create a dwell mechanism design assistant. Central to the development of the DKBS is the decomposition of design domains into design issues, composed of problem statements, design strategies, and technical solutions. Associations in the knowledge base among these components allow the system to consider all relevant information when making decisions or providing guidance, and to inform the user of the compatibility of his approach to the problem. Other attributes of the design process inherent in the DKBS include hierarchical design, iterative design, backtracking, and constraint handling. The results of the DKBS and its application to dwell mechanism synthesis are presented.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1987|