Theory of Technical Systems

A Total Concept Theory for Engineering Design

  • Vladimir Hubka
  • W. Ernst Eder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Vladimir Hubka, W. Ernst Eder
    Pages 1-12
  3. Vladimir Hubka, W. Ernst Eder
    Pages 13-22
  4. Vladimir Hubka, W. Ernst Eder
    Pages 23-34
  5. Vladimir Hubka, W. Ernst Eder
    Pages 35-57
  6. Vladimir Hubka, W. Ernst Eder
    Pages 58-92
  7. Vladimir Hubka, W. Ernst Eder
    Pages 93-107
  8. Vladimir Hubka, W. Ernst Eder
    Pages 108-159
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    Pages 160-167
  10. Vladimir Hubka, W. Ernst Eder
    Pages 168-173
  11. Vladimir Hubka, W. Ernst Eder
    Pages 174-191
  12. Vladimir Hubka, W. Ernst Eder
    Pages 192-210
  13. Vladimir Hubka, W. Ernst Eder
    Pages 211-232
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 233-278

About this book

Introduction

This book presents a comprehensive and unifying theory to promote the under­ standing of technical systems. Such a theory is useful as a foundation for a ratio­ nal approach to the engineering design process, as a background to engineering education, and other applications. The term "technical system" is used to represent all types of man-made artifacts, including technical products and processes. The technical system is therefore the subject (in the grammatical sense of the word) of the collection of activities which are performed by engineers within the processes of engineering design, including generating, retrieving, processing and transmitting of information about products. It is also the subject of various tasks in the production process, including work preparation and production planning, and in many economic considerations, company-internal and societal. In this way, the Theory of Technical Systems is a contribution to science, as in­ terpreted in the wider, Germanic sense of a "co-ordinated and codified body of knowledge". It brings together the various viewpoints of engineers, scientists, economists, ergonomists, managers, users, sociologists, etc., and shows where and how they influence the forms of engineering products. It also explains the influ­ ences that a product exerts on its environment. This Theory of Technical Systems should thus interest design engineers, and en­ gineers involved in production, management, sales, etc. In an interdisciplinary ap­ plication of value analysis, the Theory of Technical Systems should provide answers to many questions raised in this field.

Keywords

design mechanism modeling

Authors and affiliations

  • Vladimir Hubka
    • 1
  • W. Ernst Eder
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Konstruktion und BauweiseEdigenössische Technische HochschuleZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringRoyal Military College of CanadaKingstonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-52121-8
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-52123-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-52121-8
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