Students’ Exploration Strategies in a Sustainability-Focused Structural Optimization Task

Devarajan Ramanujan, Senthil Chandrasegaran, Ninger Zhou, Karthik Ramani

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    Abstract

    This paper examines students' design exploration strategies in a sustainability-focused structural optimization task. The task was set up as a two-criteria optimization problem with the goal of simultaneously minimizing the weight and an environmental indicator for a pedal bracket design. Forty-two students in an undergraduate computer-aided design class solved this task as a week-long, take-home assignment. Our analysis shows the number of design iterations and the number of failed iterations were significant factors in determining overall performance on the task. We also found that the final shape, the number of material changes, and experiencing conflict in the objective functions between iterations, did not significantly affect task performance. Based on these findings, we discuss implications for computer-aided optimization tools in sustainable product design.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Titel30th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology : Volume 7: 30th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
    Antal sider10
    Vol/bind7
    ForlagAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
    Publikationsdatoaug. 2018
    SiderV007T06A054
    ArtikelnummerDETC2018-85762
    ISBN (Trykt)978-0-7918-5184-5
    ISBN (Elektronisk)9780791851845
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - aug. 2018
    Begivenhedthe ASME 2018 International Design Engineering
    Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
    - Quebec City, Canada
    Varighed: 26 aug. 201829 aug. 2018

    Konference

    Konferencethe ASME 2018 International Design Engineering
    Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
    Land/OmrådeCanada
    ByQuebec City
    Periode26/08/201829/08/2018

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