Integrating Computer Aided Engineering Functions: the Management of Information

Abstract

The integration of computer aided engineering functions is one of the most pressing requirements in the industrial computing field today, as evidenced by the interest shown in the concept of computer integrated manufacturing (CIM). However, major obstacles exist at many levels. Within individual enterprises, the main problem seems to be the inability of discrete software systems to share data effectively. This was the problem addressed in this research work. The solution was seen to lie in a full analysis and centralized management of the common data in the system. There are three main sections in this thesis. Firstly, the formulation of a generalized methodology for the realization of a discrete mechanical product is outlined in order to expose the domain for integration. Specific proposals are then presented regarding the design of integrated CAE systems based on the database approach to information management. These proposals arose from a study of the specific nature of engineering data and activities and also from those of discrete mechanical products. The main problem identified was the maintenance of data integrity in an engineering database: this led to the two main proposals made in the thesis i.e. the introduction of deductive capacities in the conventional database system architecture and the layering of the database structure into a global and several local components. The last section of the thesis concerns the design, implementation and evaluation of an integrated CAE system, created in order to enable an objective evaluation of the proposals arising from the research to be carried out. The specific application chosen was the design of industrial gearboxes. It is now generally recognized that integration has to involve some form of centralized database management. The subject of this thesis is therefore likely to remain of interest for sometime to come.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.48780/publications.aston.ac.uk.00011853
Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Engineering and Technology > Mechanical, Biomedical & Design
Additional Information: © Emilius Mwape Pensulo, 1987. Emilius Mwape Pensulo asserts their moral right to be identified as the author of this thesis. This copy of the thesis has been supplied on condition that anyone who consults it is understood to recognise that its copyright rests with its author and that no quotation from the thesis and no information derived from it may be published without appropriate permission or acknowledgement. If you have discovered material in Aston Publications Explorer which is unlawful e.g. breaches copyright, (either yours or that of a third party) or any other law, including but not limited to those relating to patent, trademark, confidentiality, data protection, obscenity, defamation, libel, then please read our Takedown Policy and contact the service immediately.
Institution: Aston University
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer aided engineering functions,information management
Completed Date: 1987-03
Authors: Pensulo, Emilius M.

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