Efficient application of MBSE using reference models: a PGE case study

DS 87-3 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 3: Product, Services and Systems Design, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Müller, Marvin; Schiffbänker, Paul; Albers, Albert; Braun, Andreas; Bursac, Nikola
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany; 2: AVL Deutschland GmbH, Germany
Section: Product, Services and Systems Design
Page(s): 271-280
ISBN: 978-1-904670-91-9
ISSN: 2220-4342


Product engineering has become more and more complex, as there are multiple interrelated elements with high dynamic and variance. To support the work of designers and managers, various methodologies have been proposed in the literature. In this paper, it shall be evaluated how the reuse of information stored in reference models can improve the approach of model-based systems engineering to add value in the design process. Therefore a case study is conducted in the battery development department of the AVL List GmbH. A detailed and quantified evaluation of problems caused by complexity is used to derive specific solutions based on the usage of reference models in a model-based approach. Through this approach a reduction of unnecessary effort by 60 % is estimated showing how the usage of reference models adds value in the design process and is a relevant foundation of methodology development.

Keywords: Systems Engineering (SE), Product modelling / models, Product Generation Engineering, Design methodology, Case study


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