Implications of Creating Solution Concepts Based on the Use of References

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Michael Schlegel, Felix Pfaff, Simon Rapp, Albert Albers
Series: DESIGN
Institution: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Section: Design Information and Knowledge
Page(s): 781-790
DOI number:
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


The use of already validated systems as references for the development of solution concepts offers the potential to increase process efficiency. It is important to understand how the use of references impacts the development of solution concepts. Therefore, the representation of solution concepts in an engineering project of two student cohorts are analyzed and compared. The first cohort is provided with few and the second cohort with extensive references. The results of the study show that the increased use of references leads to a higher share of embodiment and specific challenges.

Keywords: design knowledge, decision making, design process, communication, product generation engineering (PGE)

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