Title: A design language for generic space-frame structure design

Authors: Manan Haq, Stephan Rudolph

Addresses: Institute for Statics and Dynamics of Aerospace Structures, University of Stuttgart, Germany. ' Institute for Statics and Dynamics of Aerospace Structures, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Abstract: In this paper the application of graph grammar based design languages is presented. Design languages consist of a set of vocabulary and a set of rules. The design graph generated by the design language is a priori not restrained to any specific design domain. Therefore it is a formal representation of the design object. This allows to apply modifications by rules to the design graph. Using the example of space frame structures it is shown how the design language approach enables the automation of the design process by facilitating the generation of a large variety of design variants very efficiently.

Keywords: design language; rule-based design; graph grammar; design graphs; engineering design; space frame structures; design process; design variants; design automation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2007.015699

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2007 Vol.30 No.1/2, pp.77 - 87

Published online: 09 Nov 2007 *

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