A theoretical framework of the first step toward structuring comprehensive analytic models applicable to the hardware design process. The models' major application would be (1) designing for industry where the state of the art is well established; (2) refining existing military designs and conceptions; and (3) stimulating engineering creativity. The long-range purpose would be to advance the existing design process and to make it more efficient. 38 pp. Bibliog.
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