Traditional Design Process - Divide and conquer?

Design of a product with higher level of complexity typically envelops a few disciplines. For example, design of an automobile or an aircraft will include structural design, aerodynamics, cooling and heat transfer, electronics and electrical systems, vibrations and acoustics, industrial design and styling and more.

Traditionally, optimization is carried out in each discipline with minimal communication and correlation with one another. Each discipline has its own 'ideal design'. For example, an automobile design effort may produce different designs for the most durable and crashworthy car, the car with the least aerodynamic drag, the car with the most attractive appearance, the car which can be manufactured the fastest, etc. Costing is also an important consideration.

All the different ideal designs emerging from each discipline of product design causes the choice of the configuration for the final product to be a big challenge. Various tradeoffs and compromises have to be made, producing a less than ideal design. In the automobile design example, the aerodynamics section may propose a streamlined body shape which does not meet the structural requirements and have little passenger and cargo space. Meanwhile, the structural section may design a car frame that is blocky, produces tremendous amount of aerodynamics drag and styling that looks more appropriate for the 1930s.

A compromise will likely be made by each team, sometimes producing a final configuration that satisfies no one.

Universal Process Integration & Design Optimization (uPIDO)

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