, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 108-121
Date: 15 Jul 2004

Infused design. II. Practice

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Abstract

Infused design, introduced in the preceding paper, is a new methodology for design that opens up new channels of cooperation between designers from different engineering fields. The methodology enables an engineer from one engineering field to infuse his designs with the knowledge and experience of an engineer from some other field. During the “infusion”, the knowledge of the designers ascends to a common mathematical meta-level, consisting of discrete mathematical models—called combinatorial representations, and then descends to other disciplinary domains. All the domains that can be reached in this fashion are candidates to export knowledge for infusion. This sequel paper is aimed at unfolding the practice of the theory from part I by demonstrating four scenarios dealing with various design activities. The design scenarios studied in this paper expose novel cooperation channels between mechanical and civil engineers, and between mechanical and electrical engineers. Further applications of the proposed approach, including the pedagogical advantages it offers, are thoroughly discussed.