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SEMINAIRE LABEX MS2T du 7 Avril 2015

SEMINAIRE LABEX MS2T du 7 Avril 2015

Lors du séminaire du Labex MS2T du 7 avril 2015, nous avons eu le plaisir d’écouter un exposé de Peter Hehenberger, Deputy Head of the Institute of Mechatronic Design and Production, Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria, sur le thème :

Mechatronic Design : A Review and Outlook

Résumé de l’exposé :

Mechatronics makes use of the disciplines of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering/electronics and information technology in the designing of successful products. The integration and interaction of these disciplines in the design process set mechatronic systems apart from other multi disciplinary systems. The increased complexity of mechatronic systems, resulting from the positive interaction of system elements from various disciplines, makes it necessary to use an adequate design methodology. In order to master the mechatronic design approach and to benefit from it as much as possible, a hierarchical system design process is proposed, in which the discipline specific design tasks need not be integrated as a whole on the mechatronic level of the design task. Consequently the system models should cover the different views on a system as well as the different degrees of detailing which lead from a hierarchy of models to a hierarchy of design parameters.

The presentation focuses on the proper usage of models in mechatronic design, which is a very important instrument for realizing complex activities such as engineering design. From the viewpoint of the engineering design process, models contain the knowledge gained during the project and simulations and other model based analysis yield information that may improve product knowledge and potentially also the quality of many decisions made in the design process.

The current trend in mechatronics involves networked mechatronic systems, or cyber physical systems (CPS) which can also be considered as a sub-part of Systems of Systems (SoS). This couples the virtual world with the real world, e.g., when machines are controlled from a different location.