Maintaining system of systems that are fit for purpose: Effectively and efficiently preparing for the unforeseeable
journal contributionposted on 2017-02-14, 13:33 authored by Steve Hinsley, Michael HenshawMichael Henshaw, Carys Siemieniuch
This article hypothesizes that a system of systems (SoS) that is not fit for purpose (FFP) is unfit because it cannot implement the correct, timely, and complete transfers of matter, energy, and information (MEI) between its constituents and with its external environment that are necessary to achieve a particular result. This research addresses the problem of maintaining an SoS FFP after unpredictable changes in operation, composition, or external factors by creating a method implemented as an engineering process and supported by an analysis technique to enhance the affordance of the SoS constituents for MEI transfer (MEIX) and to reveal potential undesirable transfers.
This research has been supported by the Loughborough University Graduate School and Thales
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering