Decision Making in Engineering Design
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Engineering design is an iterative process, where several design alternatives are analyzed to obtain the design that satisfactorily performs a desired task. Traditionally, design approaches have relied more on the intuition and past experience of the designer and less on sound scientific or engineering principles to perform this iterative process of analyzing and choosing the best design.
In recent years, the field of engineering design has witnessed a significant evolution, promoted largely by an exponential growth in the computational resources available to a designer. Moreover, with increasing global competition, designs are required not only to be functional, but also cost-effective,...