3. Section 3: Engineering Design – Process and Principles

  1. Clifford Matthews

Published Online: 19 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119967958.ch3

Engineers' Data Book, Fourth Edition

Engineers' Data Book, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Matthews, C. (2012) Section 3: Engineering Design – Process and Principles, in Engineers' Data Book, Fourth Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119967958.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JAN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119976226

Online ISBN: 9781119967958



  • engineering design, process and principles;
  • engineering problem-solving;
  • engineering problems, three main types;
  • design principles, engineering design as a complex activity;
  • design, systematic activity (‘Pugh’ method), UK degree-level design;
  • innovation model, design systemic activity, circular or cyclic;
  • creativity tools, facets of engineering design;
  • product design specification (PDS) and check list;
  • technical information, guidance-only, symbolic, prescriptive, graphical;
  • mechanical design anatomy


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Engineering problem-solving

  • Problem types and methodologies

  • Design principles

  • The engineering design process

  • Design as a systematic activity (the ‘pugh’ method)

  • The innovation model

  • Creativity tools

  • The product design specification (PDS)

  • Presenting technical information

  • The anatomy of mechanical design

  • Safety in design – principles and practice

  • Design by nature – project toucan