As collaborative efforts in electro-mechanical design have scaled to large, distributed groups working for years on a single product, an increasingly large gulf has developed between the original stated goals of the project and the final design solution. It has thus become necessary to validate the final design solution against a set of requirements to ensure that these goals have, in fact, been met. This process has become tedious for complex products with hundreds of design aspects and requirements. By formalizing the representation of requirements and the design solution, tools can be developed to a large extent automatically perform this validation. In this paper, we propose a formal approach for relating product requirements to the design solution. First, we present a formal model for representing product requirements. Then, we introduce the Core Product Model (CPM) and the Open Assembly Model (OAM) for representing the design solution. Finally, we link these models formally and provide an example with an actual consumer device.

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