Helping teams expand the breadth of their solution space through product dissection: A simulation based investigation

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Abstract

Product dissection has been highlighted as an effective means of interacting with example products in order to produce creative outcomes. While product dissection is often conducted as a team in engineering design education as a component of larger engineering design projects, the research on the effectiveness of product dissection activities has been primarily limited to individuals. Thus, the goal of this study was to investigate the impact of the type(s) of product dissected in a team environment on the breadth of the design space explored and the underlying influence of educational level on these effects. This was accomplished through a computational simulation of 7,000 nominal brainstorming teams generated by a statistical bootstrapping technique that accounted for all possible team configurations. Specifically, each team was composed of four team members based on a design repository of 463 ideas generated by first-year and senior engineering design students after a product dissection activity. The results of the study highlight that simulated senior engineering design teams explored a larger solution space than simulated first-year teams and that dissecting different types of products allowed for the exploration of a larger solution space for all of the teams. The results also showed that dissecting two analogically far and two simple products was most effective in expanding the solution space for simulated senior teams. The findings presented in this study can lead to a better understanding of how to most effectively deploy product dissection modules in engineering design education in order to maximize the solution space explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication20th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 15th International Conference on Design Education
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791851784
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
EventASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2018 - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: Aug 26 2018Aug 29 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume3

Other

OtherASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2018
CountryCanada
CityQuebec City
Period8/26/188/29/18

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Breadth
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Engineering Design
Simulation
Large Solutions
Education
Computational Simulation
Bootstrapping
Students
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Categorical or nominal
Maximise

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation

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Alzayed, M. A., McComb, C., Hunter, S. T., & Miller, S. R. (2018). Helping teams expand the breadth of their solution space through product dissection: A simulation based investigation. In 20th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 15th International Conference on Design Education (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 3). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2018-85832
Alzayed, Mohammad Alsager ; McComb, Christopher ; Hunter, Samuel Todd ; Miller, Scarlett Rae. / Helping teams expand the breadth of their solution space through product dissection : A simulation based investigation. 20th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 15th International Conference on Design Education. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2018. (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference).
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Alzayed, MA, McComb, C, Hunter, ST & Miller, SR 2018, Helping teams expand the breadth of their solution space through product dissection: A simulation based investigation. in 20th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 15th International Conference on Design Education. Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference, vol. 3, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2018, Quebec City, Canada, 8/26/18. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2018-85832

Helping teams expand the breadth of their solution space through product dissection : A simulation based investigation. / Alzayed, Mohammad Alsager; McComb, Christopher; Hunter, Samuel Todd; Miller, Scarlett Rae.

20th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 15th International Conference on Design Education. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2018. (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 3).

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Alzayed MA, McComb C, Hunter ST, Miller SR. Helping teams expand the breadth of their solution space through product dissection: A simulation based investigation. In 20th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 15th International Conference on Design Education. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). 2018. (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2018-85832