PROVIDING DESIGN SOLUTION REPOSITORIES IN THE FIELD OF MECHANISM THEORY
DS 68-6: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 6: Design Information and Knowledge, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011
Editor: Culley, S.J.; Hicks, B.J.; McAloone, T.C.; Howard, T.J. & Chen, W.
Author: Reeßing, Michael; Brix, Torsten; Döring, Ulf
Section: Design Information and Knowledge Management
Solutions for most present-day problems in the field of motion systems can be derived from existing designs. Unfortunately, large portions of this knowledge are difficult to access, since it is scattered over the world’s libraries, museums, companies, universities, and other institutions. Also, it is stored in various forms, like textual descriptions, images, or diagrams. In recent years there have been efforts to digitalize sources of design solutions and make them available on the Internet. However, most of these repositories represent information in a way that does not meet the requirements of engineering designers concerning the retrieval of specific solutions. The presented paper discusses methods and tools necessary to extract solutions from sources and to describe them with metadata based on terms and concepts of motion science.