Towards a semantic web approach for disassembly planning

Bicheng Zhu, Utpal Roy

Research output: Chapter in Book/Entry/PoemConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


Disassembly, as one of the core steps in the End of Life (EOL) activities, has been a popular topic of research in both industrial and academic areas. It not only reduces product lifecycle cost, but also substantially influences environmental impact. Although different methods have been proposed for tackling different aspects of the disassembly planning problems, certain gaps still exist. For example, in the case of the disassembly sequencing, traditional methods focus mainly on the geometry and topology constraints, but omit the important technical constraints like force (gravity), connector type, etc.; it makes these methods less efficient and realistic. Also, the determination of an optimal disassembly sequence requires an extensive exchange and sharing of the disassembly related knowledge among the different stakeholders like manufacturers, product designers, maintenance staffs and material engineers. A mechanism to support such information interoperability is important in the disassembly process. In order to address those research issues, this paper proposes a Semantic Web based Disassembly Planning Framework. In the framework, the proposed "Disassembly Core Ontology" (DCO) serves as a formal, explicit information core for different users like product designer and disassembler. By exploiting the rich semantic knowledge (like gravity, connector type, etc.) that has been explicitly embedded in the proposed DCO, it has been demonstrated that the semantic web approach has potentials to address both efficiency-and interoperability-related issues in disassembly planning problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication34th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791846285
StatePublished - 2014
EventASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2014 - Buffalo, United States
Duration: Aug 17 2014Aug 20 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference


OtherASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Data interoperability
  • Disassembly
  • Ontology
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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