Supporting `Design for Re-use' with Modular Design

J.S. Meehan, A.H.B. Duffy, R.I. Whitfield
2007 Concurrent Engineering - Research and Applications  
Engineering design reuse refers to the utilisation of any knowledge gained from the design activity to support future design. As such, engineering design reuse approaches are concerned with the support, exploration and enhancement of design knowledge prior, during and after a design activity. Modular design is a product structuring principle whereby products are developed with distinct modules for rapid product development, efficient upgrades, and possible reuse (of the physical modules). The
more » ... nefits of modular design centre on a greater capacity for structuring component parts to better manage the relation between market requirements and the designed product. This paper explores the capabilities of modular design principles to provide improved support for the engineering design reuse concept. The correlations between modular design and 'reuse' are highlighted, with the aim of identifying its potential to aid the little-supported process of 'design-for-reuse'. In fulfilment of this objective we not only identify the requirements of 'design-for-reuse', but also propose how modular design principles can be extended to support 'design for reuse'.
doi:10.1177/1063293x07079319 fatcat:gnogsmy7r5hxhciynuw7yw2tny