Pattern-based integration of system optimization in mechatronic system design

Wenqiang Yuan, Yusheng Liu, Jianjun Zhao, Hongwei Wang

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    Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is a promising methodology for the design of complex mechatronic systems. There are some tools developed to support MBSE in complex system design and modeling. However, none of them has got the functionality of supporting system optimization. This work is precisely motivated by this gap and aims to develop effective methods to support automatic system optimization for MBSE. Specifically, a pattern-based method is proposed to support the integration of system optimization into mechatronic system design. In such a method, optimization problems, their solving methods and computation results are formally defined in each pattern based on the System Modeling Language (SysML). In addition, a model description scheme termed an optimization profile is proposed based on SysML to include the components for formalizing different kinds of optimization problems and optimization methods. After an optimization profile is created for an optimization problem, system optimization methods can be chosen automatically from the pattern library based on a semantic similarity evaluation. Then, optimization results are provided to users to support decision-making and the pattern library is updated using the relevant information obtained in this process. A system design example is used to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of proposed methods.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)23–37
    Number of pages15
    JournalAdvances in Engineering Software
    Early online date19 Apr 2016
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


    • Pattern-based integration
    • System design
    • System optimization
    • Semantic similarity
    • Complex mechatronic systems
    • SysML


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