P13032: Adjustable Bench for Sailing
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Systems Design

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Benchmarking

There were many different designs referenced as benchmarks for the new design. The new design is bench-marked against the original system as designed by Keith Burhans, the current system as designed by RIT MSD team P12031, the 'Lazy Susan' design created by Team Paradise Sailing Inc., and the trackless design created for the Freedom 20 sailboat. The following pictures show the designs that were used for benchmarking:
Keith Burhans Original System

Keith Burhans Original System

RIT MSD P12031

RIT MSD P12031

Team Paradise Lazy Susan

Team Paradise Lazy Susan

Freedom 20 cantilevered seat design

Freedom 20 cantilevered seat design

More detailed information for each system can be found here:

Keith Burhans Original System

RIT MSD P12031

Team Paradise Lazy Susan

Functional Decomposition

The Functional Decomposition was used to visualize all the functions that the system must be able to accomplish.

Concept Development (generation, improvement, selection)

Design concepts were generated based on the functions of the system. They are organized based on these functions in the Morphological Chart.

Multiple designs options were created based on how well the different concepts were anticipated to work together. While the entire system was not considered at the same time, different designs were created by selecting components that are located in about the same area and may have an interface. These designs were then entered into the Concept Selection matrix in order to choose the best design.

The feasibility of the selected designs was proven using basic worst-case analysis techniques. Based of feedback and various concerns from stakeholders, guides and Richard Ramos, the trackless design concept was turned down.

Final Concepts

The final concepts are shown here.

Systems Design Review

System Level Design Agenda is sent out ahead of the meeting to give the attendees a sense of the structure of the meeting.

System Level Design presentation is also sent out ahead of the meeting to give the prospective attendees reading material ahead of the meeting.

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