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Innovation of Matching Structures Through Clustering and Reconstructing Basic Operation Actions in the Form Layer

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Li Yu-Tong

China University of Petroleum, Qingdao, China

Wang Yuxin

Zhejiang University Yuquan District, Hangzhou, China

Paper No. DETC2017-67307, pp. V007T06A003; 11 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 7: 29th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, August 6–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5821-9
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Due to a lack of essential knowledge to support functional reasoning from the design requirements of the kinematic compound mechanisms to their constituent mechanisms, the creative conceptual design of kinematic compound mechanisms based on functional synthesis approach is still a challenging task. Through introducing the dynamic partition-matching process between the function layer and the form layer to substitute for the direct function-structure matching in the FBS model, the function-structure matching problem corresponding to deficient functional reasoning knowledge for kinematic compound mechanisms is solved by the authors. The following challenge is how to cluster the divided subset of basic operation actions generated in the form layer during the partition-matching process into a well-organized and complete kinematic behavior that can be matched by the sub-function in the function layer and implemented by a structure in the database. The adopted strategies in this paper are: through defining the correlation indexes between basic operation actions, the basic operation action and its realized function behavior, and its embodied structure, as well as its dynamic behavior characteristics, the clustering possibility for a group of basic operation actions is determined. With the aid of the compatibility conditions between basic operation actions in the form layer and the consistency of the order relations between basic operation actions in the function layer and the form layer respectively, the consistency of the order relations among basic operation actions between the sub-functions in the function layer and the sub-behaviors in the form layer are guaranteed. Then, the optimal matching structures corresponding to the sub-functions in the function layer are determined based on the maximum matching coefficients of basic operation actions. In this way, the subsets of basic operation actions in the form layer are clustered into a number of complete behaviors that can be realized by mechanisms in the structure database and matched by the sub-functions in the function layer. Since multiple functional behaviors of each constituent basic mechanism take part in matching, some novel schemes of compound mechanisms with fewer and simpler constituent mechanisms to implement the overall function may be dug out.

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