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Decision Based Design

1st Edition

By Vijitashwa Pandey

CRC Press

284 pages | 74 B/W Illus.

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In a presentation that formalizes what makes up decision based design, Decision Based Design defines the major concepts that go into product realization. It presents all major concepts in design decision making in an integrated way and covers the fundamentals of decision analysis in engineering design. It also trains engineers to understand the impacts of design decision. The author teaches concepts in demand modeling and customer preference modeling and provides examples. This book teaches most fundamental concepts encountered in engineering design like: concept generation, multiattribute decision analysis, reliability engineering, design optimization, simulation, and demand modeling.

The book provides the tools engineering practitioners and researchers need to first understand that engineering design is best viewed as a sequence of decisions made by the stakeholders involved and then apply the decision based design concepts in practice. It teaches fundamental concepts encountered in engineering design, such as concept generation, multiattribute decision analysis, reliability engineering, design optimization, simulation, and demand modeling.

This book helps students and practitioners understand that there is a rigorous way to analyze engineering decisions taking into consideration all the potential technical and business impacts of their decisions. It can be used in its entirety to teach a course in decision based design, while selected chapters can also be used to cover courses in subdisciplines that make up decision based design.


"… provides information about many topics related to decision-based design and explains them thoroughly. … emphasizes that decision analysis is valuable because it can help decision-makers make decisions consistent with their preferences. In general, the text combines discussions that provide background and implications, mathematical details, and illustrative examples. The level of mathematics used is appropriate for engineering students."

—Jeffrey W. Herrmann, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

"A new, rigorous approach to engineering design is presented. Those companies that will adopt this methodology and apply it in product development will gain a competitive edge."

—Efstratios Nikolaidis, The University of Toledo, Ohio, USA

"… a welcome new addition to the offerings on decision theory as applied to engineering design and systems engineering. It provides a comprehensive overview and practical guidance for how to formulate and solve design problems from a decision-theoretic perspective. Although the mathematical rigor could be improved in some chapters, the book provides useful guidance to students and professionals interested in improving their understanding of decision-based design."

—Chris Paredis, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

Table of Contents

Decision Based Design: Introduction

Is Design a Decision?

Some Examples of Design Decisions

Decision Based Design and Product Development

Roadblocks to Engineers Thinking about Product Development

Role of Identifying Sub-Problems and Their Interfaces

Engineering Design

Engineering Design Towards a Product, System or a Service

What Drives Engineering Design?

The Arrow of Causality in Design

Various Aspects of Engineering Design

Decision Making and Decision Makers in Design

Engineering Examples

Decision Analysis with Multiple Attributes

Decision Making Under Uncertainty

Modeling Uncertainty

Incorporating Uncertainty in Design Decision Process

Multi-Attribute Decision Making

Engineering Examples

Reliability Engineering

Performance as a Function of Time

Reliability Engineering Concepts

Engineering Examples

Design Optimization

Modeling an Engineering System

Classification Of Optimization Problems

Optimization Methods

Engineering Examples

Simulation Methods in Design

Need for Simulating Engineering Systems

Common Simulation Methods

Applications of Simulation Based Methods

Engineering Examples

Product Development and Systems Engineering

What Is Product Development?

More Roadblocks to Engineers Thinking about Product Development

Creativity in Engineering Design

Customer Need Assessment

Understanding Logistics

Design for "X"

Engineering Examples

Demand Modeling

Considering Demand in Engineering Design

Various Demand Models

Engineering Examples

Decision Based Design: Closure

Putting it All Together

Future Direction of Decision Based Design

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Operations Research