DS 68-9: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 9: Design Methods and Tools pt. 1, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011

Year: 2011
Editor: Culley, S.J.; Hicks, B.J.; McAloone, T.C.; Howard, T.J. & Dong, A.
Author: Albers, Albert; Christian, Zingel
Series: ICED
Section: Design Methods and Tools Part 1
Page(s): 196-207


Technical products are nowadays complex systems. Many specialized engineers develop highly mechatronic systems. Unfortunately, this still happens under insufficient conditions. Not only capable tools are missing for imaging comprehensive system understanding and knowledge, yet an adequate overall language for product engineers is still not in use. This paper presents an approach to perform modeling of technical systems in SysML using the Contact & Channel approach (C&C-A). The intention is to combine the strengths of SysML in visual modeling of complex systems with the capabilities of C&C-A in analysis and synthesis of technical systems’ form and function. The aimed result is to provide an easily manageable software-based language for interdisciplinary systems modeling This work introduces the first realization step, an integrated software-based modeling of system structures. For this purpose, SysML and C&C-A are initially introduced. Afterwards, the C&C-A metamodel for SysML is elucidated. An application example is used to demonstrate the intuitive employment of this modeling approach. Concluding, an outlook towards future research tasks is given.



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