Full Content is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >

Modeling Sustainability of Complex Systems: A Multi-Scale Framework Using SysML

[+] Author Affiliations
Kyle Azevedo, Bert Bras, Siddharth Doshi, Tina Guldberg

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Paper No. DETC2009-87496, pp. 1437-1448; 12 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 29th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • San Diego, California, USA, August 30–September 2, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4899-9 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3856-3
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


In this paper, we propose a framework to design and analyze sustainability within complex multi-scale systems. Systems that have large variability in temporal and spatial resolution are common in lifecycle analyses and sustainability studies. Unlike traditional problems in systems engineering, these systems are composed of numerous interacting layers, each intricate enough to be a complete system on its own. In addition, the goal of achieving an economically and environmentally sustainable system introduces new elements to the problem domain. To manage this complexity, the suggested methodology focuses on integrating existing modeling constructs in a transparent manner, and capturing structural and functional relationships for efficient model reuse. The Systems Modeling Language (OMG SysML™) is used to formally implement the modeling framework. To demonstrate the method, we apply it to a large scale multi-modal transportation network. Analysis of key network parameters such as emissions output, well-to-wheel energy use, and system capacity are presented in a case study of the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



Interactive Graphics


Country-Specific Mortality and Growth Failure in Infancy and Yound Children and Association With Material Stature

Use interactive graphics and maps to view and sort country-specific infant and early dhildhood mortality and growth failure data and their association with maternal

Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In