Enabling green design with TRIZ

Ka Man Lee, Marcus Jia En Tai

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Companies are facing increasing pressure to produce more environmentally friendly products and the need to innovate and solve problems quickly and consistently has never been more paramount to a company's ability to succeed. The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) offers users a scientific problem solving approach, which eliminates the instinctive behavior of guessing and randomly generating ideas to solve a problem. By systematically identifying the fundamental contradictions in the problem, users will be pointed in a general direction in order to find a solution. To fine-tune this design method for green product design, a new problem solving model was developed, and with the help of the Trisolver software, a case study on increasing the efficiency of vehicles in an urban driving environment was carried out. TRIZ enables designers to find a solution to the problem, and use an application for improving hybrid vehicles. It was also found that the bridging nature of TRIZ allowed it to be used with many other existing design methods, but it is also noted that the choice of which of these methods to utilize in the design process depended upon many factors, such as the users' preferences and the topic of interest. Recommendations for further works were also proposed, and the conclusion was made based on the challenges encountered during the case study that TRIZ is indeed a powerful tool for green engineering product design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICMIT 2014 - 2014 IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479955299
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event2014 IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology, ICMIT 2014 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 23 Sept 201425 Sept 2014


Conference2014 IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology, ICMIT 2014


  • Design for Environment
  • Green Design
  • TRIZ

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • General Computer Science


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