The Performance of a Mechanical Design 'Compiler'
Author(s)Ward, Allen C.; Seering, Warren
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A mechanical design "compiler" has been developed which, given an appropriate schematic, specifications, and utility function for a mechanical design, returns catalog numbers for an optimal implementation. The compiler has been successfully tested on a variety of mechanical and hydraulic power transmission designs and a few temperature sensing designs. Times required have been at worst proportional to the logarithm of the number of possible combinations of catalog numbers.
constraint propagation, design, qualitative reasoning, squantitative inference