MCAD-ECAD-Integration: Overview and Future Research Perspectives

Kenway Chen, Dirk Schaefer

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The domain of Electrical Computer-Aided Design and
Engineering (ECAD/ECAE) has been subject to major and
rapid change over the past couple of years. Electrical
Engineering Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools developed in
the early to mid-1990s no longer meet future requirements.
Consequently, a new generation of Electrical Engineering CAD
systems has been under development for about a decade now.
An overview of advances in this field is presented in the
introductory part of this paper. This overview also sets the
context and provides background information for the main
topic, MCAD-ECAD-integration, to be addressed in the
remainder of this paper. Many complex engineered systems
encompass mechanical as well as electrical engineering
components. Unfortunately, contemporary CAE environments
do not provide a sufficient degree of integration in order to
allow for multi-disciplinary product modeling and bi-directional
information flow (i.e. automated design modifications on either
side) between mechanical and electrical CAD domains.
Overcoming this barrier of systems integration would release a
tremendous efficiency potential with regard to the efficient
development of multidisciplinary product platforms and
configurations. An overview of the state-of-the-art in MCADECAD
integration is presented. In addition, associated research
questions are postulated and potential future research
perspectives discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event2007 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE07) - Seattle, Washington, USA United States
Duration: 11 Nov 200715 Nov 2007


Conference2007 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE07)
Country/TerritoryUSA United States
CitySeattle, Washington


  • E-CAD
  • Electrical Engineering CAD
  • Design Domain Integration


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