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A Mereotopology-Based Approach for Integrated Assembly Modeling and Planning

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Frédéric Demoly, Aristeidis Matsokis, Dimitris Kiritsis

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Paper No. DETC2011-47439, pp. 629-637; 9 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 31st Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5479-2
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


This paper describes a novel approach for integrated assembly modeling and planning. The main objective is to make assembly information accessible and exploitable by data management systems and computer-aided X tools. Product information and knowledge as well as the related assembly sequence require a logical foundation in order to be managed consistently and processed proactively. In this context, the authors consider and describe product-process relationships in the part-whole theory supported by mereology and its extension, mereotopology. Firstly, past and current research work is presented on: concurrent product design and assembly sequence planning approaches; existing assembly relational models; and spatio-temporal mereotopology. Then, a mathematical description of product relationships based on mereotopology and temporal relationships is introduced. The long term aim is the representation of the outcomes in a formal ontology, in order to allow reuse and collaborative exploitation of the assembly knowledge in the different product lifecycle phases.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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