An algorithmic approach to system modularization under constraints

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Research units

  • Singapore University of Technology and Design


In this paper, we introduce a principled method for product modularization that incorporates embodiment constraints due to different levels of fields in the product. In particular, we introduce the concept of a constraints matrix that determines which elements should and which elements should not to be placed together in a same module. Entries of this matrix can be determined based on architectural guidelines, and then a modified version of the IGTA+ clustering algorithm can be used to explore the space of feasible architectures under restraints imposed by the constraints matrix. We demonstrate this method through a case study of controller board of a three phase AC motor.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International DSM Conference
Subtitle of host publication"Understand, Innovate, and Manage your Complex System!"
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Dependency and Structure Modeling Conference - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 11 Sep 201713 Sep 2017
Conference number: 19


ConferenceInternational Dependency and Structure Modeling Conference
Abbreviated titleDSM

    Research areas

  • Constraint Matrix, DSM Clustering, Field Effects, Product Modularization

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