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Ontology-Based Representation of Meta-Design in Designing Decision Workflows

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Ru Wang

ASME Student Member, Beijing Institute of Technology, No. 5 Zhongguancun South Street, Haidian District, Beijing China 100081
haitang.56@163.com

Guoxin Wang

Beijing Institute of Technology, No. 5 Zhongguancun South Street, Haidian District, Beijing China 100081
wangguoxin@bit.edu.cn

Yan Yan

Beijing Institute of Technology, No. 5 Zhongguancun South Street, Haidian District, Beijing China 100081
yanyan331@bit.edu.cn

Maryam Sabeghi

University of Oklahoma, 202 W. Boyd St., Suite. 219, Norman, OK 73019
maryam.sabeghi@ou.edu

Zhenjun Ming

Beijing Institute of Technology, No. 5 Zhongguancun South Street, Haidian District, Beijing China 100081
zhenjun.ming@bit.edu.cn

Janet K. Allen

ASME Fellow, University of Oklahoma, 202 W. Boyd St., Suite. 116, Norman, OK 73019
janet.allen@ou.edu

Farrokh Mistree

ASME Fellow, University of Oklahoma, 865 Asp Avenue, Felgar Hall, Rm. 306, Norman, OK 73019
farrokh.mistree@ou.edu

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4041474 History: Received July 06, 2017; Revised September 07, 2018

Abstract

Utilizing the enterprise capital related the knowledge of design processes has become crucial to improve enterprise agility and respond to shifts or changes in markets. The complexity and uncertainty of design processes raise the challenge of capturing tacit knowledge and the ability to aid in designing design processes. In this paper, an ontology is proposed for capturing, representing, and documenting the knowledge related to hierarchical decision workflows in the meta-design of complex engineered systems. The ontology is developed in the context of Decision Support Problem Technique (DSPT), considering the requirements being able to guide assistance in designing design workflows, and integrating problem, product, and process information in a design decision-making process. Then, the approach for building procedure of process templates is presented to facilitate the reuse of the populated template instances in future design. Finally, the meta-design of the heat exchanger in a small thermal system is presented as an example to illustrate the effectiveness of this approach.

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