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Modularity in support of design for re-use

Smith, J.S. and Duffy, A.H.B. (2001) Modularity in support of design for re-use. In: 13th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 01), 2001-08-21 - 2001-08-23.

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We explore the structuring principle of modularity with the objective of analysing its current ability to meet the requirements of a 're-use' centred approach to design. We aim to highlight the correlation's between modular design and 're-use', and argue that it has the potential to aid the little-supported process of 'design-for-re-use'. In fulfilment of this objective we not only identify the requirements of 'design-for-re-use', but also propose how modular design principles can be extended to support 'design-for-re-use'.