Mass Distribution as an Approach for Designing Lightweight-Driven Product Architectures

Felix Laufer, University of Stuttgart, Daniel Roth, Hansgeorg Binz
2020 Balancing Innovation and operation   unpublished
Lightweight-design methods for the conceptual phase of the product-development process are becoming increasingly important due to their influence on products' mass. Besides mass reduction, the redistribution of mass within the product can support the designer in addressing lightweight-design motivations more effectively. This paper introduces a method of systematic mass distribution using the design structure matrix (DSM). Various motivations for lightweight design are therefore transformed
more » ... ore transformed into dependencies among product components. A case study of a high-pressure water-jetting unit serves as an application example to illustrate the procedure introduced. Based on a clustering algorithm, novel lightweight-driven product architectures are derived to support optimized mass distribution for the jetting unit.
doi:10.35199/norddesign2020.10 fatcat:n7z6hxxsdzbtfhwow62tzfcqie