Title: A hierarchical method for coupling analysis of design services in distributed collaborative design environment

Authors: Nan Li; Wensheng Xu; Jianzhong Cha

Addresses: School of Material and Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Technology and Business University, No. 11, Fucheng Road, Haidian District, Beijing, China ' School of Mechanical, Electronic and Control Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, No. 3, Shangyuancun, Haidian District, Beijing, China ' School of Mechanical, Electronic and Control Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, No. 3, Shangyuancun, Haidian District, Beijing, China

Abstract: Design is a kind of highly complex activities with a large number of coupling relationships existing among essential design factors and design resources. This paper investigates the approach and mechanism of distributed design resources integration and binding in collaborative design process based on service-oriented architecture. A SORCER-based collaborative design environment is presented. An essential design factors matrix is designed as the binding mechanism to drive distributed design resources integration process during the design tasks execution time. Then, a coupling analysis method for design service modelling and execution is proposed. In order to build a multi-resolution coupling model in the local and global size, an essential design factors binding matrix and an essential design factors matrix group are adopted to express the internal relationships between design services. A hybrid approach, based on the partitioning operation, clustering operation and the genetic algorithm, are used to solve the coupling sets for global essential design factors.

Keywords: cloud manufacturing; coupling analysis; essential design factors matrix; design services; resource integration; distributed design; collaborative design; cloud computing; service-oriented architecture; SOA; design resources; modelling; partitioning; clustering; genetic algorithms.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2015.073522

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2015 Vol.8 No.3/4, pp.284 - 304

Received: 24 Nov 2014
Accepted: 04 May 2015

Published online: 11 Dec 2015 *

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