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Capturing Design Process Information and Rationale to Support Knowledge-Based Design-Analysis Integration

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National Institute of Standards and Technology
- Gaithersburg, Maryland


This document serves to enlist the definitions associated with the design-analysis integration and MRA implementation and architecture development efforts at Georgia Tech.  The overarching goal in this research is towards a unified view of design-analysis integration in the context of product design at Georgia Tech.  Based on this view, we will leverage from other current research in the areas of product design, information management, product modeling, simulation-based design, and design and analysis integration efforts.  In this context, engineering analysis means simulation of the physical behavior of a product artifact for a particular problem scope and domain.

A secondary goal is to formulate a better understanding of engineering design and analysis.  A common view of design-analysis integration is the closer association between traditional design tools, such as computer-aided design (CAD) tools and computer-aided engineering tools (CAE) such as finite element analysis (FEA).  This notion can be somewhat limiting.  The extended approach in this research is toward the integration of engineering models throughout the life-cycle of the product.  A subset of the models that are integrated over the life cycle of the product are design and analysis (simulation) models.  The research advances and contributions made from DAI research should be extended to capture additional engineering model associations.

In closure, the goals in this work are the following::

1)       Review and develop a formal lexicon based on existing concepts that have been identified and/or addressed in DAI research in the EIS Lab

2)       Identify the additional concepts that must be incorporated and considered in this work to generalize the research efforts towards engineering models associativity

3)       Critically evaluate the current state of technology development and implementation to identify areas of opportunistic research. 

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