STP1214

    An Information Architecture for Composites Design and the Role of Knowledge-Based Systems and Product Data Exchange Standards

    Published: Jan 1994


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    Abstract

    Polymer composite materials offer engineers the opportunity to design the material as well as the part. Integrating material, part and process design becomes increasingly important as composite materials move from highly specialized uses to the broader durable goods markets. To address these challenges, we are designing and implementing several knowledge-based systems to deal with various aspects of composite design. It is important to realize that these knowledge-based problem solving systems must be integrated with each other as well as with other information systems that might be available to the design engineer. This paper presents a model for a distributed computing environment that integrates problem solving systems, product data exchange models and databases, for the support of design problem solving. The integration architecture is composed of three layers: distributed databases at the core, an intermediate domain specific layer and an outer problem solving layer. The specific focus is on design applications that use polymer composite materials.

    Keywords:

    material databases, product data exchange, knowledge-based systems, integrated information architectures, polymer composites, distributed software environments


    Author Information:

    McDowell, JK
    Research Associate, Composite Materials and Structures Center, Chemical Engineering Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

    Hawley, MC
    Professor, Composite Materials and Structures Center, Chemical Engineering Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

    Kamel, A
    Graduate Student, AI/KBS Lab, Computer Science Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

    Stickten, J
    Assistant Professor, AI/KBS Lab, Computer Science Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI


    Paper ID: STP13240S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E49.04

    DOI: 10.1520/STP13240S


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