Thesis topic proposal
Research of computer applications that are aiding the conceptual design phase of the product design


Institute: University of Miskolc
mechanical engineering
István Sályi Doctoral School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Thesis supervisor: Ágnes Judit Takács
Location of studies (in Hungarian): Institute of Machine and Product Design
Abbreviation of location of studies: GET

Description of the research topic:

The most determining factor in the work of engineers during product design and development is the time. It is necessary to react extremely quickly to market changes. This reaction time can be significantly reduced by computers. There are several software that provide tremendous assistance to engineers in the construction design phase, from those that help with technical calculations or with modelling to those that solve optimization problems. However, in the conceptual design phase, when engineers gather their ideas in the hope of creating a new product, they have no effective computer help to systematize their ideas, making the search for ideas faster. Therefore, the main goal of the research is to explore and systematize the existing software and applications, to reveal their weaknesses and develop an effective solution.
Pahl, G.; Beitz, W.; et. al.: Engineering design: A Systematic Approach, 3rd edition, ISBN 978-1-84628-318-5, Springer Verlag, London 2007.
Vajna, S.; Bercsey, T.; Clement, S.; Jordan, A.; Mack, P.: Autogenetische Konstruktionstheorie ein Beitrag für eine erweiterte Konstruktionstheorie, Konstruktion, Springer-Verlag, 2004.
Takács, Á: Számítógéppel segített koncepcionális tervezési módszer, PhD. disszertáció, Miskolc, 2010.
Otto, K.; Wood, Kristin.: Product design, ISBN 0-13-021271-7, Prentice Hall, New Jersey 2001.
Lawson, B.: How designers think, 4th edition, ISBN: 978-0-7506-6077-8, Architectural Press, 2005.
Gothelft, J.; Seiden, J.: LEAN UX – Designing great products with agile teams, 2nd edition, ISBN: 978-1-441-95360-0, O’Reilly Media, 2016.

Number of students who can be accepted: 1

Deadline for application: 2023-06-30

All rights reserved © 2007, Hungarian Doctoral Council. Doctoral Council registration number at commissioner for data protection: 02003/0001. Program version: 2.2358 ( 2017. X. 31. )