Encapsulating and representing the knowledge on the evaluation of an engineering system
Ertek, Gürdal and Erdoğan, Ahmetcan and Patoğlu, Volkan and Tunç, Murat Mustafa and Çitak, Ceysu and Vanlı, Tuğçe (2012) Encapsulating and representing the knowledge on the evaluation of an engineering system. In: ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE 2012), Chicago, Illinois, USA
This paper proposes a cross-disciplinary methodology for a fundamental question in product development: How can the innovation patterns during the evolution of an engineering system (ES) be encapsulated, so that it can later be mined through data mining analysis methods? Reverse engineering answers the question of which components a developed engineering system consists of, and how the components interact to make the working product. TRIZ answers the question of which problem-solving principles can be, or have been employed in developing that system, in comparison to its earlier versions, or with respect to similar systems. While these two methodologies have been very popular, to the best of our knowledge, there does not yet exist a methodology that reverseengineers and encapsulates and represents the information regarding the complete product development process in abstract terms. This paper suggests such a methodology, that consists of mathematical formalism, graph visualization, and database representation. The proposed approach is demonstrated by analyzing the design and development process for a prototype wrist-rehabilitation robot.
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