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Proceedings of CAD'15, 2015, 243-247
Multi-CAD Approach in Knowledge-Based Design
Abstract. During the past decades, the development period of a new car has been reduced from five years and more to about two years. These considerable time savings can be attributed to a continuous optimization and improvement of development processes. In this context, virtual development methods play a prominent role. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions are used for data organization, distribution and storage within different computer-aided design and simulation applications. This comprises computer-aided design (CAD), styling (CAS), manufacturing (CAM), as well as computational toolkits, e.g. multi-body simulation (MBS), computational fluid dynamics (CFD) or finite element method simulation (FEM). Furthermore, lifecycle analyses (LCA) can also be implemented in modern PLM systems. The broad field of computational design and engineering disciplines within automotive development requires a strong interaction in view of efficient software applications. Especially the CAD-based design phase is characterized by a cooperation of manufacturer and supplier, which often use CAD software with different version or even different vendors. In this context, the paper focusses on the development and application of knowledge-based engineering (KBE) within multi-CAD environment. KBE deals with the storage and reuse of knowledge in product development processes. A design-oriented specialization of KBE is knowledge-based design (KBD).
Keywords. Knowledge-Based Design, Design Automation, Multi-CAD