Modular Parametric Architecture Design for Ferry Bilge Systems

DS 121: Proceedings of the 24th International DSM Conference (DSM 2022), Eindhoven, The Netherlands, October, 11 - 13, 2022

Year: 2022
Editor: Harold (Mike) Stowe; Tyson R. Browning; Steven D. Eppinger; Jakob Trauer; Pascal Etman, Sjoerd Knippenberg
Author: Herremans, B. R. (1); Wilschut, T. (2); Deul, M. (3); Vink, B. (3); Brouwer, R. (3)
Series: DSM
Institution: 1: Eindhoven University of Technology; 2: Ratio Computer Aided Systems Engineeirng B.V.; 3: Damen Shipyards
Page(s): 11-20
DOI number: 10.35199/dsm2022.02


Damen shipyards has set out to develop a modular parametric ferry architecture to enable their nautical engineers to transition from the current implicit Configure-to-Order (CtO) design and realization process to an explicit CtO design and realization process. This paper presents a dependency structure matrix (DSM) based methodology to specify, visualize and analyze such an architecture. The methodology combines a clustered product DSM, sequenced parameter DSM and a clustered requirement DSM into a single multi domain matrix (MDM) that provides a clear structured overview of the dependencies between system components, design parameters, requirements and combinations thereof. The network of dependencies underlying this visualization are directly derived from an Elephant Specification Language (ESL) specification describing the system at hand. The methodology is illustrated using a ferry bilge system architecture design use case. The resulting MDM revealed a clear modular bilge system architecture and a nearly sequential design and configuration process.

Keywords: Product architecture, Modular Design, Parametric Design, Standardization


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