Within the last years mechatronics as a self-contained discipline doubtlessly shaped the development of technical systems. Mechatronics means the close interaction of mechanics, electronics, control engineering and software engineering in order to achieve a better systems behavior. Due to the outstanding deployment of information and communication technologies, the functionality of mechatronic systems will go far beyond the known standards with the intention to increase their robustness, flexibility and reliability. The objective is to develop intelligent systems that react autonomously on changing environmental conditions and optimize their behavior during operation. The design of such advanced mechatronic systems is a challenge. Additionally to mechanical, electrical, control and software engineers also expertise from mathematical optimization, artificial intelligence and even cognitive science is necessary. This requires an effective and continuous cooperation and communication between developers from different domains during the whole development process. As a consequence a domain-spanning methodology is necessary in order to guarantee an effective work flow between the participating developers from various domains and their domain-specific methods, terminologies and solutions. For this purpose an ontology-based computer support will be presented, that facilitates the systems engineer by analyzing the functional system model and identifying convenient solutions. This includes the generation and storage of once proven design solutions as well as the search for the effective and domain-spanning reuse.

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