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System Architecture Modeling in a Software Tool Based on the Contact and Channel Approach (C&C-A)

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Albert Albers

IPEK—Institute of Product Engineering,  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe 76131, Germanyalbert.albers@kit.edu

Andreas Braun

IPEK—Institute of Product Engineering,  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe 76131, Germanyandreas.braun2@kit.edu

Eike Sadowski1

IPEK—Institute of Product Engineering,  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe 76131, Germanyeike.sadowski@kit.edu

David C. Wynn

Engineering Design Centre, Department of Engineering,  University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, United Kingdomdcw24@cam.ac.uk

David F. Wyatt

Engineering Design Centre, Department of Engineering,  University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, United Kingdomdw274@cam.ac.uk

P. John Clarkson

Engineering Design Centre, Department of Engineering,  University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, United Kingdompjc10@cam.ac.uk

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J. Mech. Des 133(10), 101006 (Oct 18, 2011) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4004971 History: Received January 14, 2011; Revised August 26, 2011; Published October 18, 2011; Online October 18, 2011

The Contact and Channel Approach (C&C-A) has been developed to support the decomposition and design of technical systems. It is based on the principle that function and form emerge together during design, and therefore should be considered together in a design representation. This paper discusses the theory underlying the C&C-A, and describes its formalization and implementation in a software tool. The approach is applied to model the system architecture of a humanoid robot arm considering the impact of a proposed design change. This illustrates some of the main benefits of the Contact and Channel Approach: helping designers visualize, understand and communicate the complex dependencies between function and form in a system architecture.

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Dialog windows allowing the modeler to assign items from the function, part-type and flow libraries to elements in a model

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Humanoid robot ARMAR III and its corresponding system architecture model, showing different levels of detail (a)–(c) of the drivetrain in the left arm

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Graphical representations of elements used in a C&C-model

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