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MCAD-ECAD Integration: Overview and Future Research Perspectives

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Kenway Chen, Dirk Schaefer

Georgia Institute of Technology at Savannah, Savannah, GA

Paper No. IMECE2007-41705, pp. 123-132; 10 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 3: Design and Manufacturing
  • Seattle, Washington, USA, November 11–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4297-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3812-9
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


The domain of Electrical Computer-Aided Design and Engineering (ECAD/ECAE) has been subject to major and rapid change over the past couple of years. Electrical Engineering Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools developed in the early to mid-1990s no longer meet future requirements. Consequently, a new generation of Electrical Engineering CAD systems has been under development for about a decade now. An overview of advances in this field is presented in the introductory part of this paper. This overview also sets the context and provides background information for the main topic, MCAD-ECAD-integration, to be addressed in the remainder of this paper. Many complex engineered systems encompass mechanical as well as electrical engineering components. Unfortunately, contemporary CAE environments do not provide a sufficient degree of integration in order to allow for multi-disciplinary product modeling and bi-directional information flow (i.e. automated design modifications on either side) between mechanical and electrical CAD domains. Overcoming this barrier of systems integration would release a tremendous efficiency potential with regard to the efficient development of multidisciplinary product platforms and configurations. An overview of the state-of-the-art in MCAD-ECAD integration is presented. In addition, associated research questions are postulated and potential future research perspectives discussed.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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