X-in-the-loop: A framework for supporting central engineering activities and contracting complexity in product engineering processes

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: Albers, Albert; Behrendt, Matthias; Schroeter, Jens; Ott, Sascha; Klingler, Simon
Series: ICED
Institution: IPEK - Institute of Product Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Page(s): 391-400
ISBN: 978-1-904670-49-0
ISSN: 2220-4334


Emerging complexity of vehicle development is expected not to be faced without supporting development methods, processes and tools. Extensive interactions of vehicle components and the vehicle as well as those with the driver and the environment have to be considered. Whereas the maturity level of the product and the applied models changes permanently within engineering process. The objective is to provide a new, integrative method that supports the engineering process during analysis, synthesis and validation by means of strategic resources ‘information’ and ‘knowledge’. Thus, a related framework is regarded to be mandatory in order to be flexible and to perpetuate engineers for developing, priorizing, deciding and finally innovating. The presented XiL-Framework accommodates actual and prospective challenges of vehicle development and consequently compiles existing methods, processes and approaches. Extended by optimizing procedures recurring engineering activities can be partially automatized and carried out time-efficiently especially for complex interdependencies. XiL is based on long-term experience at IPEK and provides a perception for engineering as well as a management.

Keywords: Design process, complexity, optimisation, research methodology, requirements


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