An expert system is developed for engineering design based on an object-oriented knowledge representation concept. The design process is understood as determining design variables and their relationships which compose the design model. The design model is represented as a network in the computer system using the object-oriented knowledge representation. The system built with the above concept provides the following abilities: (1) flexible model building and easy modification, (2) effective diagnosis of the design process, (3) supporting method for redesign, (4) a hybrid function with numerical computations and graphics, and (5) applicability for various design problems. Finally, it is applied to the basic design of a ship.

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