Model-Based Systems Engineering Tools for Laser Systems
ABSTRACT: We propose to develop a comprehensive, integrated software framework and toolset to support model-based engineering (MBE) of laser weapons systems. To be effective, MBE requires robust underlying modeling and simulation technologies capable of modeling all the pertinent systems, subsystems, components, effects, and interactions at any level of fidelity that may be required in order to support crucial design decisions at any point in the system development lifecycle. Very often the greatest technical challenges are posed by systems involving interactions that cut across two or more distinct scientific or engineering domains; even in cases where there are excellent tools available for modeling each individual domain, generally none of these domain-specific tools can be used to model to the cross-domain interactions. In order to fully support MBE for laser weapons systems we need to be able to bring all these capabilities into a single integrated framework, sharing a single unified representation of the system under development, so that design information can be effectively shared across the project, and the engineering team can function better as a team. BENEFIT: The proposed effort is ambitious, and the potential significance is commensurate. If we are able to meet all of our technical objectives, and if the proposed integrated toolset then wins acceptance among laser system engineers, it could swiftly become ubiquitous and invaluable in laser systems engineering. In civilian applications it has been shown that simulation-based development and acquisition can yield superior end-products in less time, and at lower cost. Military applications and advanced technologies present some special challenges, but the proposed environment would address those challenges. The net result would be shorter development times, lower development costs, and better, more robust systems. In any application, military or commercial, this would translate into money saved; in military applications it would also translate into a more effective fighting force.
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