Preliminary Development of Agent Technologies for a Design Integration Framework
Hale, Mark A.
Craig, James I.
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Effective design of modern systems requires the systematic application of design resources throughout a product's life-cycle. Information obtained from the use of these resources is used for the decision-making processes of Concurrent Engineering. Integrated computing environments facilitate the acquisition, organization and use of required information. State-of-the-art computing technologies provide the basis for an Intelligent Multi-disciplinary Aircraft Generation Environment (IMAGE) described in this paper. IMAGE builds upon existing agent technologies by adding a new component called a model. With the addition of a model, the agent can provide accountable resource utilization in the presence of increasing design fidelity. Agent fundamentals are illustrated with a zeroth-order agent example. A CATIA?based agent is described to demonstrates that agent technologies can be scaled to include large and complex proprietary resources. Likewise, multi-proprietary resource systems are demonstrated with an aircraft component modeling system integrating CATIA and ORACLE?and with a High Speed Civil Transport visualization system linking CATIA, FLOPS, and ASTROS. These examples illustrate the important role of the agent technologies used to implement IMAGE, and together they demonstrate that IMAGE can provide an integrated computing environment for the design of open engineering systems.