Computational support for concurrent engineering of cable harnesses

Hisup Park, Soo Hong Lee, Mark R. Cutkosky

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Design and production of cables for aerospace systems provide the background for the development of concurrent engineering framework. Key issues include the development of an architecture that supports collaboration among engineers associated with different parts of the cable design process and the development of hierarchical representations that capture the different characteristics (e.g., connectivity, geometry) of the harnesses. The abstraction of design information results in features, while the abstraction of operations leads to the development of agents. These abstractions are essential for efficient transactions among people and computer tools in a domain that involves numerous interacting constraints. We have decomposed the cable design process into five basic categories of tasks that are each addressed by an “agent”: the Environment Editor, the Free Space Manager, the Cable Editor, the Component Selector, and the Cost Comparator. In this paper the strategy for the problem decomposition, the definition of features, and the ways in which features are used by various agents, are discussed. We conclude with a discussion of some of the issues raised by the project and the steps underway to address them.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 1992 International Computers in Engineering Conference
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1 - Artificial Intelligence; Expert Systems; CAD/CAM/CAE; Computers in Fluid Mechanics/Thermal Systems
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780791809358
Publication statusPublished - 1992
EventASME 1992 International Computers in Engineering Conference and Exposition, CIE 1992 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 1992 Aug 21992 Aug 6

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
VolumePart F168071-2


ConferenceASME 1992 International Computers in Engineering Conference and Exposition, CIE 1992
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
'This work has been supported by Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. and DARPA under ONR grant N00014-88K-0620.

Publisher Copyright:
© 1992 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). All rights reserved.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modelling and Simulation


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