A role-Activity-product model to simulate distributed design processes

Ferdinand Wöhr, Simon Königs, Philipp Ring, Markus Zimmermann

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Abstract

Computational models can be used to study product design processes. We propose an agent-based simulation model that incorporates, first, the role of design parties involved, second, their design activities to drive the product towards a design goal, and, third, a product model based on a so-called attribute dependency graph. A carefully tailored data model is presented for two roles, a system designer and a component designer, and their specific activities. The performance of the resulting development processes is measured by the time needed to reach the overall design goal. The model is applied to the design of an electric vehicle battery pack consisting of two components that are developed separately by a total of four parties. The results show plausible interaction between the design parties and how uncoordinated activity by one party can decrease process performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd International Dependency and Structure Modeling Conference, DSM 2020
EditorsHarold Stowe, Tyson R. Browning, Steven D. Eppinger, Jakob Trauer
PublisherThe Design Society
Pages3-12
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781912254125
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd International Dependency and Structure Modeling Conference, DSM 2020 - Virtual, Cambridge, United States
Duration: 13 Oct 202015 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 22nd International Dependency and Structure Modeling Conference, DSM 2020

Conference

Conference22nd International Dependency and Structure Modeling Conference, DSM 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Cambridge
Period13/10/2015/10/20

Keywords

  • Design process
  • Distributed design
  • Process simulation

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