We report on a case study representing the design essence of a prototype ultra-high vacuum artifact transport system (ATS) in an existing design repository (DR). Specifically, we represent engineering geometry, function and assosiated behavior, as well as taxonomies of generic functions and flows. We represent geometry with digital photographs and Virtual Reality Markup Language (VRML) images of actual Computer-Aided Design (CAD) drawings, and we represent function with linked textual descriptions. We capture behavior with mathematical expressions. Through a developing user interface, this representation serves to capture the more than 50 parts and systems of the ATS in such a way that the information relating to form, function and behavior is accessible and searchable to subsequent designers. We conclude that such a representation, or ones similar to it, can provide the basis for a generic database in which specific information--including design rationale--can easily be retrieved by future design teams.
Proceedings Title: Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference & Computers & Information in Engineering Conference
Pub Type: Conferences
artifact transport system, behavior, design repository, form, function, rationale