Maximizing Impact of Automation on Modeling and Design

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

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    Modeling engineering systems requires creativity and ingenuity, and therefore involves steps that are hardly suitable for automation. However, these steps are complemented by a multitude of routine tasks. Automation of these routine tasks, if tailored to complement non-automated tasks, allows the modeler to focus on the creative and innovative aspects of modeling and design.
    To this end, three important principles for automated modeling have been formulated and incorporated in the MAX (Modeling and Analysis eXpert) system:

    – The polymorphic modeling concept provides hierarchical models, in which each subsystem consists of a type, defining essential properties, and a specification, defining incidental properties. Subsystem types can be organized hierarchically in a library, and each type can have multiple specifications.

    – Information about a model is processed using multiple formulations. Different formulations of one model can be used simultaneously. The task at hand determines which formulation is appropriate for inspection and manipulation.

    – By embedding equations in networks in an intuitively appealing way, MAX provides the same kind of support for network models and equation models.

    The utility of these concepts is demonstrated in a case study involving a fourth order servo system.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division
    Subtitle of host publicationpresented at the 1995 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 12-17, 1995, San Francisco, California
    EditorsThomas E. Alberts
    Place of PublicationSan Francisco, CA
    PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)0-7918-1746-6
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 1995

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    PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers


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