Holistic design methodology for mechatronic systems
2014 (English)In: Proceedings of the Institution of mechanical engineers. Part I, journal of systems and control engineering, ISSN 0959-6518, Vol. 228, no 10, 741-757 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The wide range of engineering domains aggregated in mechatronic systems can cause problems for design engineers. It is important to treat the different domains in an integrated, concurrent manner during design to be able to achieve the frequently sought-for synergetic effects of mechatronic systems. Traditional design methods are usually based on the different engineering disciplines being treated separately and only integrated at a late stage of the development process. Consequently, those methods do not work sufficiently well for mechatronic systems, leading to a suboptimal product. Previous research by the authors presents a novel approach to mechatronic system design by allowing quick optimisation and evaluation of design concepts. This is done by front loading certain design activities, hence decreasing the need for time- and cost-consuming iterations in later design stages. The method is backed up by a supporting software tool prototype. This article extends the method by including the dynamic aspects of the designed systems while also implementing basic control aspects, hence creating a concurrent and holistic method for mechatronic system design. This allows the designer to take synergetic effects into account at an earlier stage of the design process, hence increasing product quality and decreasing development costs. A conceptual design case is used in this article for an initial evaluation of the method and the results show great potential for the methodology.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 228, no 10, 741-757 p.
Mechatronic design, concept evaluation, integrated control, holism
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-157020DOI: 10.1177/0959651814527936ISI: 000344245100001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84908884111OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-157020DiVA: diva2:768849
FunderSwedish Foundation for Strategic Research , V08.02
QC 201412052014-12-052014-12-042015-01-14Bibliographically approved