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Complex System Classification

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Show simple item record Magee, Christopher de Weck, Olivier 2004-10-18T16:12:17Z 2004-10-18T16:12:17Z 2004-07-24
dc.description.abstract The use of terms such as “Engineering Systems”, “System of systems” and others have been coming into greater use over the past decade to denote systems of importance but with implied higher complexity than for the term systems alone. This paper searches for a useful taxonomy or classification scheme for complex Systems. There are two aspects to this problem: 1) distinguishing between Engineering Systems (the term we use) and other Systems, and 2) differentiating among Engineering Systems. Engineering Systems are found to be differentiated from other complex systems by being human-designed and having both significant human complexity as well as significant technical complexity. As far as differentiating among various engineering systems, it is suggested that functional type is the most useful attribute for classification differentiation. Information, energy, value and mass acted upon by various processes are the foundation concepts underlying the technical types. en
dc.description.sponsorship Engineering Systems Division and Mechanical Engineering, Center for Innovation in Product Development en
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher International Council On Systems Engineering (INCOSE) en
dc.subject Engineering Systems en
dc.subject System of systems en
dc.subject classification en
dc.subject complex Systems en
dc.subject System en
dc.title Complex System Classification en
dc.type Working Paper en

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