An engineering design knowledge reuse methodology using process modelling

  • Baxter D
  • Gao J
  • Case K
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Abstract

Abstract;This paper describes an approach for reusing engineering
design knowledge. Many previous design knowledge reuse systems focus
exclusively on geometrical data, which is often not applicable in
early design stages. The proposed methodology provides an integrated
design knowledge reuse framework, bringing together elements of best
practice reuse, design rationale capture and knowledge-based support
in a single coherent framework. Best practices are reused through
the process model. Rationale is supported by product information,
which is retrieved through links to design process tasks. Knowledge-based
methods are supported by a common design data model, which serves
as a single source of design data to support the design process.
By using the design process as the basis for knowledge structuring
and retrieval, it serves the dual purpose of design process capture
and knowledge reuse: capturing and formalising the rationale that
underpins the design process, and providing a framework through which
design knowledge can be stored, retrieved and applied. The methodology
has been tested with an industrial sponsor producing high vacuum
pumps for the semiconductor industry.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Design knowledge reuse
  • Knowledge management
  • New product introduction
  • Product lifecycle management

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