A Flat Composite Panel Design Advisory System Using Knowledge Based and Case Based Reasoning

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J. P. Lambright

School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, MaRC Bldg., Box 605, Atlanta, GA 30332

C. Ume

School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, MaRC Bldg., Rm 454 Atlanta, GA 30332

J. Mech. Des 118(4), 461-469 (Dec 01, 1996) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2826913 History: Received April 01, 1995; Revised January 01, 1996; Online December 11, 2007


A method of cooperatively using Knowledge Based and Case Based Reasoning is proposed to assist designers in the design of flat composite panel structures. A Prototype Design Advisory system is constructed of heuristic and experiential rules which are acquired from composites design experts, and published text which is implemented in the CLIPS Knowledge Based System shell. The system includes design cases of previous composites design scenarios implemented in a Case Based Reasoning System using DesignMUSE. The cases all depict design of composites applied to commercial and military aircraft. The application of heuristic rules and prior similar design cases is focused upon the early stages of the design process. It is believed that such a design advisory system can aid in preventing unforeseen mistakes during the design and manufacture of composite structures, can assist in predicting the results of candidate designs, and can ultimately reduce the design cycle time.

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