Abstract

A recursive model of conceptual design occurring along an abstraction continuum is introduced. An algorithm based upon recursive simulated annealing is proposed for a computational implementation of the model. The mapping from function to form is accomplished using an abstraction grammar, a set of compatible string grammars for representing the function and form nature of machine components at various levels of abstraction. The promise of a recursive approach to machine design is demonstrated.

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