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ISRN Industrial Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 928013, 10 pages
Research Article

A User-Oriented Design Knowledge Reuse Model

1School of Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China
2Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, USA
3China North Vehicle Research Institute, Beijing 100071, China

Received 5 June 2013; Accepted 25 July 2013

Academic Editors: T.-M. Choi and A. Gomez

Copyright © 2013 Jia Hao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


To promote the level of reusing the accumulated design knowledge in the company, we intend to develop a knowledge reuse model in this paper. First, the design knowledge is discussed, and a unified design knowledge model is proposed. Following that, we identify three design knowledge reuse patterns which contribute to the understanding of how designers reuse knowledge during the design process. Based on that, we propose a design knowledge reuse model. This model can provide design knowledge according to the design knowledge reuse patterns. The model also provides the ability to update itself according to the captured actions of the knowledge users. At last, the method is validated with a research cooperator on the hydropneumatic spring component.