MBSE within the engineering design community - an exploratory study

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nad
Author: Berschik, Markus Christian (1); Schumacher, Thomas (2); Laukotka, Fabian Niklas (1); Krause, Dieter (1); Inkermann, David (2)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Hamburg University of Technology; 2: TU Clausthal
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 2595-2604
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2023.260


Objective of this contribution is to present the use of Model-based Systems Engineering within the engineering design community. Based on a differentiation between SE and MBSE, the definition of three core MBSE elements, namely modelling method, modelling language, and modelling tool as well as the three major aspects of a consistent system model (requirements, behaviour, and structure) a structured review is conducted, focussing on the understanding and motivation as well as the modelling of systems. The review includes 93 publications from Design Society library and proceedings of the CIRP Design conferences during the period from 2011 to 2022. The review points out, that there is an increasing application of MBSE within the engineering design community, mainly focussing on architecture definition or combined engineering activities. Only a small portion of works (16 publications) are providing a consistent approach as these publications link all aspects of the system model and consider all three MBSE elements. It can be concluded, that there is a diffuse understanding of MBSE and different motivations are given to apply more formal system models as well as modelling tools.

Keywords: Systems Engineering (SE), Design engineering, MBSE, Process modelling, Product modelling / models

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