K.-S. Tam and R. Broadwater (USA)
Interdisciplinary simulation, object-oriented, integrated
design, multidisciplinary, reconfiguration.
This paper presents a framework to model interdependent
engineering systems, particularly the interdependency
relationships between interdependent systems. A unified
approach to model multi-disciplinary systems based on
the arc-node graph representations and object-oriented
programming concepts are presented. As an extension of
this approach, the concepts of interdependency junction
component (IJC) and environmental object (EO) are
introduced to model energy dependency, information
dependency and environmental dependency relationships.
Using this framework, interdependent engineering
systems can be simulated to support overall optimal
design and operation as if they were one system.