Mechanical-Design-Oriented Description Language: Model

Hideyuki Mori, Hiroaki Kobayashi, Tadao Nakamura

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Designing mechanical systems by means of special-purpose languages is very effective because they can define objects preciesly. However, this causes serious problems. First, the amount of description is very large in the case of designing complex systems. Second, those languages are not suited for modeling objects at higher abstraction levels. To solve these problems, this paper presents a novel description language for mechanical design called MODEL (Mechanical-design-Oriented DE scription Language). MODEL is designed in order that the designer's intentions can be efficiently reflected in the specifications of mechanical systems. We introduce a new concept, design granularity, so that designers can model objects of a mechanical system at different abstraction levels. Moreover, to reduce the amount of description, we use knowledge bases for mechanical design as a library for MODEL. The design process with MODEL is discussed in detail to clarify the capabilities of the language.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)715-720
Number of pages6
Journaltransactions of the japan society of mechanical engineers series c
Issue number570
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Design
  • Design Language
  • Modelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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