A Classification of Matrix-based Methods for Product Modeling

DS 30: Proceedings of DESIGN 2002, the 7th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik

Year: 2002
Editor: Marjanovic D.
Author: Malmqvist, J.
Section: Design research and technology
Page(s): 203-210


In the development of complex products considerations of the product structure and relations within the product are crucial. Matrix-based product modeling methods can support this activity by, for example, visualizing the relationships in products. This paper proposes a classification of matrix-based methods with respect to scope and content. With respect to scope, element-level matrices, product-level matrices and matrix methodologies are distinguished. With respect to content, the classification considers what element types and relations are captured in the matrix. A number of methods are positioned according to the classification and areas for future work identified.

Keywords: Matrix methods, Product models, Design research


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