THE DESCRIPTIONS AND ABSTRACTIONS OF A MULTIDISCIPLINARY SYSTEM: FROM GOALS TO STRUCTURE VIA COUPLING FRAMEWORK
DS 92: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference
Editor: Marjanović D., Štorga M., Škec S., Bojčetić N., Pavković N.
Author: Uddin, Amad
Section: DESIGN INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.21278/idc.2018.0482
In engineering design, there is a need for consensus to be developed on full descriptions and abstractions of a multidisciplinary system. The system's descriptions belong to its different abstractions. This paper introduces a structured coupling matrix (CM) framework that aids the practitioners to model and couple the system's descriptions from goals to structure via functions at its abstractions from black-box to white-box. The CM framework is built upon limitations in existing frameworks and is illustrated with an example. It provides structured guidelines for system analysis and design.
Keywords: system descriptions, system abstractions, design methods, engineering design, systems engineering (SE)