UML-based combat effectiveness simulation system modeling within MDE

Zhi Zhu, Yonglin Lei, Hessam Sarjoughian, Xiaobo Li, Yifan Zhu

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To reduce complexity, the combat effectiveness simulation system (CESS) is often decomposed into static structure, physical behavior, and cognitive behavior, and model abstraction is layered onto domain invariant knowledge (DIK) and application variant knowledge (AVK) levels. This study concentrates on the specification of CESS's physical behaviors at the DIK level of abstraction, and proposes a model driven framework for efficiently developing simulation models within model-driven engineering (MDE). Technically, this framework integrates the four-layer meta-modeling architecture and a set of model transformation techniques with the objective of reducing model heterogeneity and enhancing model continuity. As a proof of concept, a torpedo example is illustrated to explain how physical models are developed following the proposed framework. Finally, a combat scenario is constructed to demonstrate the availability, and a further verification is shown by a reasonable agreement between simulation results and field observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8599101
Pages (from-to)1180-1196
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Systems Engineering and Electronics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2018


  • domain specific modeling
  • effectiveness simulation
  • model-driven development
  • system engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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