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Titolo: Two ontology-driven formalisations of functions and their comparison

Anno di pubblicazione: 2011

Formato: Cartaceo

Autori: Garbacz, Pawel ; Borgo, Stefano ; Carrara, Massimiliano ; Vermaas, Pieter E.

Affiliazioni autori: CNR-ISTC, Trento

Autori CNR:

  • STEFANO BORGO

Lingua: inglese

Abstract: In this paper, we give formalisations of two engineering concepts of technical function and present in more general terms the project of supporting functional description translation by ontological analysis. The formalisations are given within the foundational dolce ontology and the concepts formalised are as follows: (1) the function as defined in the Functional Representation approach by Chandrasekaran and Josephson and (2) the function as defined in the Functional Basis approach by Stone and Wood. These two concepts represent two main ways of understanding functions in engineering: the first by means of the behaviour of artefacts, and the second by means of operations on flows as performed by artefacts. We analyse the similarities and differences between these concepts by means of the formalisations and show how the formalisations support the automated translation between functional descriptions based on these two concepts. In addition, we compare our strategy of formalising different engineering concepts of function within one foundational ontology with other strategies in the ontology-driven formalisation, such as defining a single formalised concept of function, either for replacing existing engineering concepts, or for use as a reference by which such existing concepts can be related. We compare these strategies and sketch the merits and shortcomings of our strategy.

Lingua abstract: inglese

Pagine da: 733

Pagine a: 764

Rivista:

Journal of engineering design Carfax,
Paese di pubblicazione: Regno Unito
Lingua: inglese
ISSN: 0954-4828

Numero volume: 22

Numero fascicolo: 11-12

DOI: 10.1080/09544828.2011.597376

Parole chiave:

  • applied ontology
  • engineering design

URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09544828.2011.597376

Altre informazioni: ID_PUMA: /cnr.istc/2011-A0-080. - Area di valutazione 09 - Ingegneria industriale e informatica Rivista pubblicata anche online (ISSN 1466-1837)

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