Engineering Functional Analysis—Part I

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M. R. von Spakovsky

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Département de mécanique, Laboratoire d’énergétique industrielle, Lausanne, Switzerland

R. B. Evans

Georgia Institute of Technology, The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Atlanta, GA 30332

J. Energy Resour. Technol 115(2), 86-92 (Jun 01, 1993) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2905985 History: Received June 27, 1990; Revised September 18, 1991; Online April 16, 2008


In this paper, the essential building blocks of a new formalism called Engineering Functional Analysis (EFA) are presented. This formalism results in higher degrees of decentralization for engineering system optimization than is otherwise possible. By decentralization , it is meant that the improvement or optimization of individual components by themselves (i.e., components which are isolated economically from the rest of the overall system), serves to improve or optimize the system as a whole (within some degree of error, which defines the degree of decentralization ). Higher degrees of decentralization are important in that they provide a more stable economic environment for individual components, thus permitting more rapid synthesis and greater system improvement than could otherwise be obtained.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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