Linking cross-domain information to support the development of complex systems

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nad
Author: Baschin, Julian (1); Schmidt, Ronald (2); Schneider, David (1); Vietor, Thomas (1); Kizgin, Umut Volkan (1)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: TU Braunschweig; 2: fme AG
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 2455-2464
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Due to an expanding number of mechatronic functionalities in modern technical products, the proportion of software and electronic components is also increasing. As a result, the products are developed by different engineering domains in complex development processes. To handle the growing complexity, Systems Engineering (SE) is increasingly important for development organizations of enterprises. System Engineering (SE) is understood as an approach to network the individual engineering domains and shall lead to a collaborative development of complex systems. Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE) expands SE by using common models and software tools to describe und visualize the systems. However, MBSE is not widely established in enterprises today. On the one hand, the introduction requires a distinct and consistent system understanding and collaborative way of working. On the other hand, the application of the existing tools requires extensive tool competencies due to many possible functions and features. Therefore, this paper presents a concept and a software based tool for a lean implementation of SE/MBSE to support the collaborative development of complex technical systems in small and medium-sized enterprieses.

Keywords: Systems Engineering (SE), Product modelling / models, Process modelling, Functional modelling, Design methods

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