Mechanical engineering modelling language (MEML): Requirements for conceptual design

DS 75-6: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13), Design for Harmonies, Vol.6: Design Information and Knowledge, Seoul, Korea, 19-22.08.2013

Year: 2013
Editor: Udo Lindemann, Srinivasan V, Yong Se Kim, Sang Won Lee, John Clarkson, Gaetano Cascini
Author: Summers, Joshua David; Rosen, David
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Clemson University, United States of America; 2: Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Page(s): 031-040
ISBN: 978-1-904670-49-0
ISSN: 2220-4334


The objective of this paper is to define the characteristics for a new approach for capturing, representing, and modelling mechanical engineering knowledge in a Mechanical Engineering modelling language (MEml) that was discussed at a recent NSF sponsored workshop. With a focus on conceptual design, the paper provides a vision of design product modelling, relating research on function representations to work on ontologies, reasoning methods, and similar work in other domains. A series of three function-based representations is explored through an application to conceptual design of an additive manufacturing process. A comparison is offered of the types of information represented and reasoning supported by these representations, in light of the application. Finally, gaps are highlighted between the capabilities of these representations and the requirements for MEml to support conceptual design.

Keywords: Function, requirements, conceptual design, modeling, representation, reasoning


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