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Designing Complex Products with Systems Engineering Processes and Techniques



CRC Press, Boca Raton



Vivek D. Bhise



Designing Complex Products with Systems Engineering Processes and Techniques

Year of Publication











Krishna B. Misra



Review Completed

The book comprises 19 chapters, arranged under 4 sections, preceded by a Preface, Website Materials,. Acknowledgements and biography of the author and are followed by 8 Appendices, and an index

Section I: Systems Engineering Concepts, Issues, and Methods in Product Design



Chapter 1

Introduction to Products, Processes, and Product Development

19 Pages


Chapter 2

System Engineering and Other Disciplines in Product Design

26 Pages


Chapter 3

Decision Making and Risks in Products Programs

23 Pages


Chapter 4

Products Attributes, Requirements, and Allocations of Functions

23 Pages


Chapter 5

Understanding and Managing Interfaces

21 Pages


Chapter 6

Product Evaluation, Verification, and Validation

23 Pages


Chapter 7

Program Planning and Management

16 Pages

Chapter 8

Cost Considerations and Models

16 Pages


Section II: Quality, Human Factors, and Safety Engineering Approaches



Chapter 9

Quality Management and Six Sigma Initiatives

11 Pages


Chapter 10

Human Factors Engineering in Product Design

20 Pages


Chapter 11

Safety Engineering in Product Design

19 Pages


Section III: Tools used in Product Development, Quality, Human Factors, and Safety




Chapter 12

Methods and Tool Box

10 Pages


Chapter 13

Product Development Tools

37 Pages


Chapter 14

Traditional and New Quality Tools

35 Pages


Chapter 15

Human Factors Engineering Tools

23 Pages


Chapter 16

Safety Engineering Tools

28 Pages


Section IV: Applications, Case Studies, and Integration



Chapter 17

Applications of Systems Engineering Tools: A Case Study on an Automotive Powertrain System

16 Pages


Chapter 18

Case Studies and Integration

35 Pages


Chapter 19

Challenges and Future Issues in Systems Engineering

10 Pages


Appendices 1 to 8

19 Pages



12 Pages



Dr. Bhise, the author of this book is a mechanical engineer by profession and has held several management and research positions in Ford Motor Company at Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.A. and is a visiting professor at the 9781466507036-complex-systemsUniversity of Michigan. Thus the author combines the best of academic and industry environment experience to qualify as an author of such an excellent book which uses system engineering approach to design products and systems with several interacting components to meet the user’s requirements and expectations. Starting with basic definitions of a product, system, subsystem and components, customer’s needs etc., the author develops the subject into higher levels of design and processes to achieve the design with specified level of attributes and design objectives..

The book also discusses how to manage the processes involved in the lifecycle of products, from the stage of conceptual design to disposal stage, with the objectives of increasing customer satisfaction, quality, safety, and usability and meeting program timings and budgets. While the Part I of the book covers basic systems engineering concepts, and issues, employed in a product design, Part II deals with issues related to quality, human factors, and safety engineering approaches used during manufacturing phase. Part III of the book describes important tools and methods employed in each of these areas. Part IV includes applications of useful techniques, and observations from some product development case studies.

The book will be found very useful by post graduate and under graduate students. Process engineers, system engineers, safety engineers, chemical engineers, mechanical engineers and managers in the process industries will also gain from the in depth information contained in the book.

- Krishna B. Misra


This review is published in Vol.11, No. 3 May 2015 Issue of IJPE

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