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Function Behavior Structure: A Model For Decision Based Product Realization

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.211.1 - 2.211.14



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Janet K. Allen

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Farrokh Mistree

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David D. Clark

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David W. Rosen

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Session 1625

Function-Behavior-Structure: A Model for Decision-Based Product Realization

David D. Clark1, Farrokh Mistree2, David W. Rosen3 and Janet K. Allen4 G. W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering Systems Realization Laboratory Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0405


A significant problem in engineering design is the translation of a design from a set of functional requirements into a system design specification. To facilitate this transition we are developing a Design Learning Simulator (DLS). The DLS consists of three components - processes and procedures that are embodied in a product realization process, tools that support those processes, and a domain knowledge base from which to gather information to complete tasks. The Design- Learning Simulator may be accessed on the World Wide Web at "". In this paper, we describe a Function-Behavior- Structure model, which is embodied in a part of our Design Learning Simulator, for converting information that characterizes the needs and requirements for a product into knowledge about the product.

1 Graduate Research Assistant 2 Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director, Systems Realization Laboratory 3 Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering 4 Senior Research Scientist and corresponding author (404) 894-8168; FAX: (404) 894-9342; email:

Allen, J. K., & Mistree, F., & Clark, D. D., & Rosen, D. W. (1997, June), Function Behavior Structure: A Model For Decision Based Product Realization Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6585

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