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Domain Independent Approach to Designing Hierarchical Platforms on Multiple Levels of Abstraction and Scales

[+] Author Affiliations
Matthias Messer, Kjartan Pedersen, Janet K. Allen, Farrokh Mistree

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Paper No. DETC2006-99474, pp. 367-377; 11 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4a: 18th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, September 10–13, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4258-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3784-X
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


In this paper, we propose a domain independent approach to realizing hierarchical platforms using numerical taxonomy. Hierarchical product platforms present a form of competitive advantage by introducing standardization on multiple assembly levels. However, we believe that numerical taxonomy can also be used to identify hierarchical platforms on multiple length and time scales and consequently facilitate the design of complex engineering systems in any domain. Therefore, in this paper we present a domain independent approach to hierarchical platform design. This approach is then applied to develop a hierarchical product platform for a family of offshore vessels. In this study, we focus on how to use numerical taxonomy to develop a bracket platform in the midship section. Finally, we critically evaluate the usefulness of the proposed domain independent approach concerning the realization of complex engineering systems through hierarchical platform design not only on multiple assembly levels, but also multiple length and time scales.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME
Topics: Design



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