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A Process Oriented Hybrid Resource Integration Framework for Product Variant Design

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Yuliang Li

The State Key Lab of CAD&CG,
Zhejiang University,
38 Zheda Road, Hangzhou,
Zhejiang Province 310027, China
e-mail: lyl_zw@zju.edu.cn

Wei Zhao

Department of Foreign Language,
Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics,
18 Xueyuan Street, Hangzhou,
Zhejiang Province 310018, China
e-mail: joycezhaowei@126.com

Lichen Hu

China North Vehicle Research Institute,
Mailbox 969-11,
Beijing 100072, China
e-mail: hulichenluck@163.com

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Design Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering. Manuscript received December 15, 2011; final manuscript received September 19, 2012; published online October 19, 2012. Assoc. Editor: Yoshinobu Kitamura.

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 12(4), 041005 (Oct 19, 2012) (14 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4007765 History: Received December 15, 2011; Revised September 19, 2012

Design resources such as design tools, knowledge, and data play important roles in the product variant design. The requirements for these resources as well as the resource integration mechanisms are evolving along the life-cycle based product design process. It is expected by designers that not only right design resources but also appropriate integration methods can be found and applied timely to realize design variations efficiently and effectively. In this paper, a hybrid design resource integration framework is proposed based on the design process and resource modeling in order to satisfy the evolutionary requirements for design resources in the process. The integration framework is divided into two levels, namely the abstract integration of virtual resource classes into task templates in the design process modeling and the concrete integration of resource instances into design activities in the design project runs. Based on the two-level integration framework, a hybrid integration mechanism including flexible and stiff integration models and three integration transition methods is proposed to adapt to the from-abstract-to-concrete design evolution process. The system structure and behavior models are given, according to the analysis of integration framework. A hypo-pneumatic spring design case is used to demonstrate the utility of the hybrid integration system. Design results obtained based on the resource integration tool and the traditional manual design approach are compared to assess the tool performance, which shows substantive improvements of design efficiency and efficacy.

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Topics: Design , Modeling , Mechanisms
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The overall research approach

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Task input and output logics

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Reducer model (a) and some task dependence logics (b)

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Design activity model

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Different evolution paths contained in a product design process template

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Classification of design resources

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Tool resource representation examples

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The hybrid representation model for the knowledge (model) resource

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Parameter-driven object resource integration

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Two-level design resource integration mechanism

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The meta-models for the hybrid design resource integration

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The system function model

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The system behavior model

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The design process model of hypo-pneumatic spring and the model resource search and interface match setups for the design task—analyses of displacement and velocity characteristics

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Information related to “Analyses of Displacement and Velocity” task besides the abstract resource integration shown in Fig. 15

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Design resource invocations for the same task node with different task contents

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Four kinds of hypo-pneumatic springs used in the suspension systems

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Comparison of design efficiency and design results for designers completing projects with and without software

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