Analyzing mechanical and software solutions in their patents
Author(s)Villarruel, Nicolas R
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
Daniel D. Frey.
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An analysis of patents was conducted in order to find the motivation and reasons behind selecting either a mechanical or software solution. The reasons for selecting a mechanical solution were claimed to be for simplicity, reliability, and robustness while the reasons for selecting a software solution were for increased performance and flexibility. The three cases evaluated were fuel regulation, power and torque distribution, and engine valve timing. A tendency to use mechanical solutions to provide a simpler and more reliable device was found while software solutions were used when greater performance was desired.
Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2006.Includes bibliographical references (leaf 30).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology