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Constraint-Enabled Design Information Representation for Mechanical Products Over the Internet

Wang, Yan (2003) Constraint-Enabled Design Information Representation for Mechanical Products Over the Internet. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Global economy has made manufacturing industry become more distributed than ever before. Product design requires more involvement from various technical disciplines at different locations. In such a geographically and temporally distributed environment, efficient and effective collaboration on design is vital to maintain product quality and organizational competency. Interoperability of design information is one of major barriers for collaborative design. Current standard CAD data formats do not support design collaboration effectively in terms of design information and knowledge capturing, exchange, and integration within the design cycle. Multidisciplinary design constraints cannot be represented and transferred among different groups, and design information cannot be integrated efficiently within a distributed environment. Uncertainty of specification cannot be modeled at early design stages, while constraints for optimization are not embedded in design data. In this work, a design information model, Universal Linkage model, is developed to represent design related information for mechanical products in a distributed form. It incorporates geometric and non-geometric constraints with traditional geometry and topology elements, thus allows more design knowledge sharing in collaborative design. Segments of design data are linked and integrated into a complete product model, thus support lean design information capturing, storage, and query. The model is represented by Directed Hyper Graph and Product Markup Language to preserve extensibility and openness. Incorporating robustness consideration, an Interval Geometric Modeling scheme is presented, in which numerical parameters are represented by interval values. This scheme is able to capture uncertainty and inexactness of design and reduces the chances of conflict in constraint imposition. It provides a unified constraint representation for the process of conceptual design, detailed design, and design optimization. Corresponding interval constraint solving methods are studied.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Wang, Yanyawst4@pitt.eduYAWST4
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairNnaji, Bartholomew
Committee MemberBidanda, Bopayabidanda@engr.pitt.eduBIDANDA
Committee MemberLovell, Michael
Committee MemberWang,
Committee MemberHoare, Raymond
Date: 3 September 2003
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 1 August 2003
Approval Date: 3 September 2003
Submission Date: 15 July 2003
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Industrial Engineering
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collaborative Design; Computer-Aided Design; Constraint Representation; Data Model; Design; Extensible Markup Language; Feature Representation; Geometric Modeling; Interoperability; Interval Analysis; Parametric Family; Persistent Naming; Product Markup Language; Reliable Computation; Robustness; Semantic ID; Uncertainty; Universal Linkage; Xlink; XML Schema; XPath
Other ID:, etd-07152003-181135
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:51
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:45


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