Mechatronic Design - Still a Considerable Challenge

Jonas Torry-Smith, Ahsan Qamar, Sofiane Achiche, Jan Wikander, Carl During, Niels Henrik Mortensen

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    Abstract

    Development of mechatronic products is traditionally carried out by several design experts from different design domains. Performing development of mechatronic products is thus greatly challenging. In order to tackle this, the critical challenges in mechatronics have to be well understood and well supported through applicable methods and tools. This paper aims at identifying the major challenges, by conducting a survey of the most relevant research work in mechatronic design. Solutions proposed in literature are assessed and illustrated through a case study in order to investigate, if the challenges can be handled appropriately by the methods, tools, and mindsets suggested by the mechatronic community. Using a real world mechatronics case, the paper identifies the areas where further research is required, by showing a clear connection between the actual problems faced during the design task, and the nature of the solutions currently available. From the results obtained from this research, one can conclude that although various attempts have been developed to support conceptual design of mechatronics, these attempts are still not sufficient to help in assessing the consequences of selecting between alternative conceptual solutions across multiple domains. We believe that a common language is essential in developing mechatronics, and should be evaluated based on: its capability to represent the desired views effectively, its potential to be understood by engineers from the various domains, and its effect on the efficiency of the development process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference IDETC/CIE 2011
    Volume9
    PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
    Publication date2011
    Pages33-44
    ISBN (Print)9780791854860
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference: Design Theory and Methodology - Washington, DC, United States
    Duration: 28 Aug 201131 Aug 2011
    https://www.asmeconferences.org/IDETC2011/

    Conference

    ConferenceASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
    CountryUnited States
    CityWashington, DC
    Period28/08/201131/08/2011
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