Carnegie Mellon University
Behavioral model composition in simulation-based design

Rajarishi Sinha, Chris Paredis, and Pradeep Khosla
Proceedings of the 35th Annual Simulation Symposium, April, 2002, pp. 308 - 315.

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We present a simulation and design framework for simultaneously designing and modeling electromechanical systems. By instantiating component objects and connecting them to each other via ports, a designer can configure complex systems. This configuration information is then used to automatically generate a corresponding system-level simulation model. The building block of our framework is the component object. It encapsulates design data and behavioral models and their inter-relationships. Component objects are composed into systems by connecting their ports. However, when converting a system configuration into a corresponding simulation model, the corresponding models for the component objects do not capture the physical phenomena at the component interfaces the interactions. To obtain an accurate composition, the interaction dynamics must also be captured in behavioral models. In this paper, we introduce the concept of an interaction model that captures the dynamics of the interaction. When two ports are connected, there is an intended interaction between the two components. For composition of component objects to work, an interaction model must be introduced between each pair of connected behavioral models. We illustrate these ideas using an example.

Associated Center(s) / Consortia: National Robotics Engineering Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Advanced Mechatronics Lab
Number of pages: 8

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Rajarishi Sinha, Chris Paredis, and Pradeep Khosla , "Behavioral model composition in simulation-based design," Proceedings of the 35th Annual Simulation Symposium, April, 2002, pp. 308 - 315.

BibTeX Reference
   author = "Rajarishi Sinha and Chris Paredis and Pradeep {Khosla }",
   title = "Behavioral model composition in simulation-based design",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the 35th Annual Simulation Symposium",
   pages = "308 - 315",
   month = "April",
   year = "2002",