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Technology Selection Framework for Virtual Design Engineering Automation

Researchers

Shiva Babu, PhD researcher, Centre for Advanced Design Engineering, Knowledge Based Engineering Lab

Supervisors: Prof Craig Chapman and Dr Pathmeswaran Raju

Industrial supervisor: Ralph Boyce, Rolls-Royce Plc.

Research Aims

The aim of this research is to develop a technology selection framework to assist with the identification of appropriate technologies for developing a given design engineering automation system.

Method of research

This project utilises Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE), Knowledge Intensive CAD (KIC) and Geometric Automation (GeA) methodologies in order to develop Design Engineering Automation (DEA) systems. However, in order to put together a well-constructed solution for the problem at hand, a detailed analysis of existing literature is first necessary. The primary focus of this literature review is on Design Engineering Automation (DEA); a sound understanding of this area will be required in order to achieve the aims of this research. Subsequently, the focus of this literature review will move towards key aspects of design system development, including processes, functions, and specifications. The relationships between these different aspects will then be mapped, and this analysis will form the basis of the development of the proposed framework. The developed framework will subsequently be evaluated using two case studies and experts’ views in order to assess its viability and effectiveness.

Applications

It is hoped that this research will prove valuable for academics and professionals working in design engineering automation as it will provide a systematic approach for technology selection. This approach will provide a more logical and timely selection of technology, while ensuring that the developed automation system meets required specifications.

Outputs

S.S.M. Babu, C. Chapman, P. Raju, “A Comparative Analysis of DEA Methods: Capabilities, Features and Technology Assessment,” in 5th Advanced Design Concepts and Practice Workshop (ADCP), Hangzhou, China, 2015

S.S.M. Babu, C. Chapman, P. Raju, R.Boyce “An automatic knowledge based process generation technique for DEA,” in Proceedings of TMCE 2016, May 9-13, 2016, Aix-en-Provence, France

The aim of this research is to develop a technology selection framework to assist with the identification of appropriate technologies for developing a given design engineering automation system.