DESIGNING MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS: A MODEL-INTEGRATION APPROACH
DS 68-4: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 4: Product and Systems Design, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011
Development of mechatronic products demands different types of design models in order to support both domain-independent specifications and domain-specific principles. This research aims to find out how system-level modeling can support mechatronic design, and how the integration of system-level modeling and domain specific modeling can be supported during different design phases. An integrated modeling and design infrastructure is proposed to support abstraction between mechatronic design models, hence supporting co-evolution of design models. The paper concludes that a mechatronic design problem can be better supported through such an integrated design approach. However, usability of this approach needs to be further supported by more case studies in the future. An active hospital bed wheel module design example is presented to show firstly the relationship between conceptual design and system-level modeling, and secondly the need for integration of system level and domain specific design models.