The objective of this research project was to improve problem formulation in engineering systems design. A problem formulation method was developed which uses five characteristic aspects (time, dimensions, value, physical matter, and people) to assist in identifying boundary and performance criteria, and technical performance requirements as a means of expressing them. When tested in controlled task, guided response experiments, the method was shown to improve the quality of problem statements.
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