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Quality function deployment opportunities in product model supported design

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posted on 2013-12-19, 10:21 authored by Abdul R. Omar
This thesis describes the development of a QFD information model established in an environment where design information is shared between software applications. The main objectives of the research are to establish a QFD information structure within a Product Data Model and to demonstrate how this enables an intelligent, knowledgebased analysis of QFD information contained in a Product Model. The generic structure of the QFD information has been defined and implemented in prototype software and its value is demonstrated through experimentation in two case studies. Successful implementation of the case studies proved that the QFD information structure is able to capture QFD information as persistent objects residing in a Product Model. It also demonstrates that an intelligent knowledge-based QFD expert can be implemented alongside the QFD information model to accomplish useful, consistent, reasoned analysis of QFD information. The research has achieved its aim to provide a new contribution in the product design domain, and to the effectiveness of Concurrent Engineering activities, through better use of Quality Function Deployment.



  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


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A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.


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