Mass Distribution as an Approach for Designing Lightweight-Driven Product Architectures
DS 101: Proceedings of NordDesign 2020, Lyngby, Denmark, 12th - 14th August 2020
Editor: Mortensen, N.H.; Hansen, C.T. and Deininger, M.
Author: Laufer, Felix; Roth, Daniel; Binz, Hansgeorg
Institution: University of Stuttgart
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.35199/NORDDESIGN2020.10
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). A case study of a high-pressure water-jetting unit serves as an application example to illustrate the procedure introduced.
Keywords: lightweight design, design structure matrix (DSM), product architecture