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Tracking the consequences of design decisions in mechatronic systems engineering

Abstract : The design of mechatronic systems involves several technical and scientific disciplines. It is often difficult to anticipate, at the outset, the consequences of design decisions on the ultimate effectiveness of such complex systems, in which case the evaluation process is required to support the designers each time engineering choices must be made or justified. Since designers may belong to different technical and scientific cultures however, their understanding of both the design stakes and the evaluation process is too often biased. Moreover, design choices take place in an uncertain context and according to multiple criteria, some of which may be contradictory. In order to track the consequences of design decisions, we are proposing a conceptual data model to perform evaluations within the MBSE framework of Systems Engineering. We then proceed by relying on the relationships demonstrated by such a model to identify the potential impacts of design choices on future product performance. Since data available during the conceptual phase of the design are typically uncertain or imprecise, an original research protocol is extended to a qualitative impact analysis for the purpose of highlighting the most promising alternative system design solutions (ASDS). An example in the mechatronics field serves to illustrate our proposals.
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Pierre Couturier, Mambaye Lo, Abdelhak Imoussaten, Vincent Chapurlat, Jacky Montmain. Tracking the consequences of design decisions in mechatronic systems engineering. Mechatronics, 2014, 24 (7), pp.763 - 774. ⟨10.1016/j.mechatronics.2014.03.004⟩. ⟨hal-00840436⟩



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