The quantitative Working Space Model – Generating Knowledge in the K Space

DS 118: Proceedings of NordDesign 2022, Copenhagen, Denmark, 16th - 18th August 2022

Year: 2022
Editor: Mortensen, N.H.; Hansen, C.T. and Deininger, M.
Author: Schmitt, Florian; Kirchner, Eckhard
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Technical University of Darmstadt
Section: Innovative Process Development
Page(s): 12
DOI number:
ISBN: 9781912254170


In this contribution, the idea of the Quantitative Working Space Model (qWSM) is introduced as a tool for C-K theory and a way to model physical systems using conservation quantities. By the hybrid approach combining heuristic with analytical models, practitioners gain insight in the system's qualitative working principles and the quantitative relations between design parameters and function. A prototype of a hydraulic ram is designed using the qWSM showing its potential of supporting designers with early knowledge about the quantitative impact of design solutions on the main function.

Keywords: Working Space Model, modelling, C-K design theory, design knowledge, innovation


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