CONCEPTUAL DESIGN - ENHANCEMENT OF A DESIGN ASSISTANT SYSTEM FOR LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURES
Aim of the actual research period within the collaborative research group 396 is to enhance the application area of an assistant system for lightweight components from the late design stages into the conceptual design stage. Starting from the classic design process approach this paper describes different methods to synthesize (generate) and analyze principle solutions for lightweight components. Further the potential and difficulties of functional modelling during the conceptual design stage are shown. All developed methods are verified within an implemented prototype of the engineering workbench.