Journal or Book Title
Proceedings of the ASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
28th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
August 3–6, 2008
Brooklyn, NY, United States
This paper presents the foundation for a collaborative Web-based environment for improving communication by formally defining a platform for documentation and sharing of engineering design knowledge throughout the entire design process. In this work an ontological structure is utilized to concisely define a set of individual engineering concepts. This set of modular ontologies link together to create a flexible, yet consistent, product development knowledge-base. The resulting infrastructure uniquely enables the information stored within the knowledge-base to be readily inspectable and computable, thus allowing for design tools that reason on the information to assist designers and automate design processes. A case study of the structural optimization of a transfer plate for an aerospace circuit breaker is presented to demonstrate implementation and usefulness of the knowledge framework. The results indicate that the ontological knowledge-base can be used to prompt engineers to document important product development information, increase understanding of the design process, provide a means to intuitively retrieve information, and seamlessly access distributed information.
Rockwell, Justin A.; Witherell, Paul; Fernandes, Rui; Grosse, Ian R.; Krishnamurty, Sundar; and Wileden, Jack C., "A Web-Based Environment for Documentation and Sharing of Engineering Design Knowledge" (2008). Center for e-Design Proceedings. 12.