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

Year: 2011
Editor: Culley, S.J.; Hicks, B.J.; McAloone, T.C.; Howard, T.J. & Chen, W.
Author: Ovtcharova, Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. Jivka; Marinov, Milan; Gutu, Dan; Szots, Dr. Miklós; Simonyi, András
Series: ICED
Section: Design Information and Knowledge Management
Page(s): 456-467


Domain specific development environments such as MCAD/ECAD systems can partially exchange data based on standard data formats. Due to the complex interdependencies between mechatronical components and the diversity of the related product data, it is not possible to tackle the challenges of cross-domain engineering by means of direct information exchange only. An overarching information backbone, which can be understood by engineers and processed by computers is necessary. This paper presents a function oriented, ontology based approach to provide such a backbone. A special functional structure models the functional interdependencies between mechatronical components. Two exemplary usages of the functional structure as information backbone are introduced: representation of interdependencies and reuse. A functional modeling ontology supports the creation, usage and maintenance of the functional structure. The ontology enables the definition of customizable taxonomies for functional modelling dialects and allows for semi-automatic reuse of product functions and mechatronical components.



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