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 raise the challenge of capturing tacit knowledge and the ability to aid in designing design processes. In this paper, 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.
Ontology-Based Representation of Meta-Design in Designing Decision Workflows
Contributed by the Computers and Information Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING. Manuscript received July 6, 2017; final manuscript received September 7, 2018; published online October 26, 2018. Assoc. Editor: Yan Wang.
Wang, R., Wang, G., Yan, Y., Sabeghi, M., Ming, Z., Allen, J. K., and Mistree, F. (October 26, 2018). "Ontology-Based Representation of Meta-Design in Designing Decision Workflows." ASME. J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng. March 2019; 19(1): 011003. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4041474
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