A virtual prototyping framework to facilitate fluid power systems realisation

S. C. Fok

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The cumbersome tasks of finding suitable commercial hydraulic components and determining the static and dynamic characteristics of the system resulting from the assembly of these parts can often slow down the realisation of fluid power systems. This paper presents the framework and an internet-enabled virtual prototyping workbench to facilitate the acceleration of these systems development. The workbench can assist the designer to search for appropriate components from different suppliers, retrieve electronic data of needed components from vendors, generate virtual components from the retrieved data, assemble the virtual components, and analyse the layout, cost, weight, dimensions, assemblability as well as dynamic performances of the resulting system. These facilities would allow designers to develop fluid power systems in less time using the latest and most suitable components available in the market.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-117
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Internet Manufacturing and Services
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer-aided design
  • Fluid power system
  • Virtual prototyping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Information Systems and Management

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