A Practical Model Based Engineering Capability for Integrating Architecture Design, Analysis, and Verification of Large Scale Complex Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$2,059,469.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-12-C-0049
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
10SB2-0267
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB102-005
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
1715 Pratt Drive, Suite 2000, Blacksburg, VA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
938911427
Principal Investigator:
Peter Menegay
Sr. Research Engineer
(540) 961-7215
pmenegay@phoenix-int.com
Business Contact:
Robin Campbell
Controller
(540) 961-7215
rcampbell@phoenix-int.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
In the defense industry today, high level SysML system models are used by engineers beginning early in the design process to functionally decompose the system being designed and to flow down requirements to sub-systems and components. Despite their usefulness, these system models are by and large descriptive models and not analytical (executable) models. In contrast, domain level engineers (structural engineers, software engineers, aerodynamicists, manufacturing engineers, cost analysts, etc.) routinely use a wide variety of sophisticated engineering analysis tools to analyze and design the subsystems and components that define the system. Unfortunately, these analysis tools are disconnected from the system model, and can"t easily be used to predict performance or make important system level trade-offs. In this project, an integrated toolset will be developed that bridges the gap between systems modeling languages such SysML and commonly used engineering analysis tools. This will enable the performance of architectural, performance, manufacturability, cost, and risk trade-off studies very early in the design process where impacts on lifecycle costs are the greatest. It will also allow the design team to rapidly respond to inevitable changes in requirements and give them the ability to perform continuous analysis, simulation, and trade-studies throughout the design process.

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