Dominic is a program that implements a domain-independent structure for solving mechanical engineering design problems. Given a problem, Dominic constructs an initial design and iteratively improves it using knowledge about the dependent relationship between the design goals and the design variables. In this paper, we describe Dominic's architecture, and demonstrate and analyze its performance on two classes of problems. Dominic designs by a cycle of evaluation and redesign. The evaluate-and-redesign cycle continues until the design is judged acceptable. Dominic has been tested in two domains: design of standard v-belt drive systems and design of aluminum extruded heat sinks.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Unknown Host Publication Title|
|Editors||D. Sriram, R. Adey|
|Publisher||Springer-Verlag, Berlin, West Ger & New|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 1986|
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