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Design reuse research: a computational perspective

Duffy, A.H.B. and Smith, Joanne S. and Duffy, Sandra M. (1998) Design reuse research: a computational perspective. In: Engineering Design Conference on Design Reuse, 1998-06-23 - 1998-06-25.

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This paper gives an overview of some computer based systems that focus on supporting engineering design reuse. Design reuse is considered here to reflect the utilisation of any knowledge gained from a design activity and not just past designs of artefacts. A design reuse process model, containing three main processes and six knowledge components, is used as a basis to identify the main areas of contribution from the systems. From this it can be concluded that while reuse libraries and design by reuse has received most attention, design for reuse, domain exploration and five of the other knowledge components lack research effort.