MAX: a mechatronic model building environment

Theo J.A. de Vries, Arno P.J. Breunese, Peter C. Breedveld

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    A description is given of the state of the art and the functionality of MAX, an expert system for supporting conceptual design of mechatronic systems. Three model building principles are combined in MAX: - embedding equations in networks: a tight coupling between the graphical model formulation and the underlying equations assists the user in model building and evaluation. - multiple model formulations: one system can be manipulated and inspected simultaneously in multiple formulations (languages). - polymorphic modelling: a submodel definition is divided into a type that defines essential properties, and a specification that defines incidental properties. One type generally has multiple specifications, and types are organised hierarchically inside the library. By means of a simple case study, the utility of these principles is demonstrated. It is shown that MAX is a powerful model building environment that is well adapted to usage by designers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1994 Lancaster International Workshop on Engineering Design CACD'94
    EditorsJohn Sharpe, Vincent Oh
    Place of PublicationLancaster, U.K.
    PublisherLancaster University
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Print)9780901800374
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 1994
    EventLancaster International Workshop on Engineering Design, CACD 1994 - Lancaster, United Kingdom
    Duration: 11 Apr 199413 Apr 1994


    WorkshopLancaster International Workshop on Engineering Design, CACD 1994
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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