Reading List

Applications of Utility Theory to Engineering Design

Hazelrigg, G.A., Systems Engineering: An Approach to Information-Based Design, Prentice Hall, NJ, 1996.

Commentary: Presents the application of classic utility theory to engineering design, treating engineering design as a decision-making process. Includes a detailed discussion on modeling in support of design.

Thurston, D. L. and Carnahan, J. V., 1992, Fuzzy Ratings and Utility Analysis in Preliminary Design Evaluation of Multiple Attributes, Transactions of the ASME, Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 114, No. December, pp. 648-658.

Commentary: A procedure for evaluation of multiple attributes in the preliminary design stage is demonstrated. Two techniques for handling uncertainties: fuzzy analysis and multiattribute utility analysis, are compared.

Thurston, D. L., 1991, A Formal Method for Subjective Design Evaluation with Multiple Attributes, Research in Engineering Design, Vol. 3, No. pp. 105-122.

Commentary: A formal Methodology for the Evaluation of Design Alternatives (MEDA) is presented to mathematically modeling the functional relationships between design decision and the ultimate overall worth of a design. Multiattribute utility analysis incorporates consideration of attributes which cannot be directly converted to a common metric.

Thurston, D. L., J. V. Carnahan, and T. Liu, Optimization of design utility, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 116:3, pps. 01-808 (September, 1994).

Thurston, D. L. and A. Locascio, Decision theory for design economics, The Engineering Economist., 40:1 (1994). (This paper received a Best Paper of the Year Award fo that journal).


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