Conceptual modeling using bond graph as a unified meta-modeling framework

Sampath Kumar Veera Ragavan, Madhavan Shanmugavel, Velappa Ganapathy, Bijan Shirinzadeh

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In this paper we discuss an alternative Model Based Design approach which can be used to bridge the concept-implementation gap commonly encountered during the design of complex, software-intensive multidomain systems also known as Cyber Physical Systems (CPS). CPS differs from other mechatronic systems due to the close coupling between the physical and computing systems. The focus is on getting the physics right-the rest is mathematics. Existing Model based Development techniques are predominantly software based and use UML for modeling complex engineering systems leading to difficulties in Model validation and verification and code generation. We propose a novel and unified approach based on BG-UMF; a bond graph based Meta Modeling framework as a practical and viable alternative to OMGs UML/SysML/OCL combination for meta modeling CPS. The power of the framework is highlighted through an example scenario: Conceptual Design and Development of a UAV.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1st International and 16th National Conference on Machines and Mechanisms, iNaCoMM 2013
Subtitle of host publicationIIT Roorkee, India; Dec 18-20 2013
Place of PublicationIndia
PublisherAssociation for Machines and Mechanisms
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational and National Conference on Machines and Mechanisms 2013 - Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
Duration: 18 Dec 201320 Dec 2013
Conference number: 1st


ConferenceInternational and National Conference on Machines and Mechanisms 2013
Abbreviated titleiNaCoMM 2013
Other1st International and 16th National Conference on Machines and Mechanisms (iNaCoMM 2013)
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  • Conceptual model development
  • Model driven development
  • Unified modeling framework

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