Signal flow grammar from the functional basis Conference Paper uri icon


  • This research establishes grammar built from the Functional Basis to standardize the usage of signal flows in the functional modeling of electromechanical products. This is part of a larger effort to transform the Functional Basis, currently a structured set of terms describing product functionality, into a formal language - Functional Basis Modeling Language (FBML). When used properly, the Functional Basis inherently establishes structure defining how function and flow should be used in design of electromechanical products. However, established structure can often be debated and requires the morphology and syntax of a rigid grammar to provide for consistent application. This research aims to move the Functional Basis toward a functional modeling language, FBML, and to clarify signal flow usage through grammar consisting of morphology and syntax to provide more consistent modeling of the sensory elements vital to electromechanical design.

author list (cited authors)

  • Nagel, R. L., Vucovich, J. P., Stone, R. B., & McAdams, D. A.

publication date

  • December 2007