Title

Development and Application of Abstract Relation Types for Use in Systems and System-of-systems Design and Evaluation

Abstract

Abstract relation types (ART) are developed to represent, describe and establish a computational framework for a system. An abstract relation type is closely related to and builds upon two fundamental ideas. The first idea is the binary relation and structural modeling techniques developed by John N. Warfield. The second idea is the concept of abstract data types. These two ideas are combined to create an abstract relation type that provides a structured representation and computational method for systems and system components. The complete system description approach is based on six abstract relation types: context, concept, functions, requirements, architecture, and test (CCFRAT). When combined with digraphs and other graphical representations of the matrix form, ART provides a powerful tool for the communication of complex system interactions to large system design teams.

Department(s)

Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Abstract Relation Type; Binary Relation; Computational Framework

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2007 International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), All rights reserved.


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