Conceptual Design of Modularized Advanced Mechatronic Systems

DS 58-4: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 4, Product and Systems Design, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Gausemeier, Jürgen; Steffen, Daniel; Donoth, Jörg; Kahl, Sascha
Series: ICED
Section: Product and Systems Design
Page(s): 263-274


Future mechatronic systems will have inherent partial intelligence. We call these systems "self-optimizing" systems. Their functionality leads to increased complexity of their development. A method to handle complexity is product structuring. This contribution presents a holistic approach for the domain-spanning conceptual design of mechatronic and self-optimizing systems, especially taking into account product structuring. The aim is the identification of a development-oriented product structure that includes modules, which can be developed in parallel. The approach comprises of a domain-spanning specification technique for the description of the principle solution of mechatronic and self-optimizing systems, a detailed procedure model for their conceptual design and a methodology for structuring such systems. Based on the analysis of the development task, an adequate product structure type is chosen and design rules for its realization are assigned. For the application of the design rules well-known methods like DSM, MIM and their derivatives "Reconfiguration Structure Matrix" and "Aggregation-DSM" are used. The approach is demonstrated by the example of an autonomous railway vehicle.

Keywords: : product structuring, product development, domain-spanning conceptual design, principle solution, self-optimization


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