Sturdivant, Rick L.
Application of systems engineering to complex systems and system of systems.
Degree: PhD, Systems Engineering, 2017, Colorado State University
This dissertation is an investigation of system of systems (SoS). It begins with an analysis to define, with some rigor, the similarities and differences between complex systems and SoS. With this foundation, the baseline concept is development for several different types of systems and they are used as a practical approach to compare and contrast complex systems versus SoS. The method is to use a progression from simple to more complex systems. Specifically, a pico hydro electric power generation system, a hybrid renewable electric power generation system, a LEO satellites system, and Molniya orbit satellite system are investigated. In each of these examples, systems engineering methods are applied for the development of a baseline solution. While these examples are complex, they do not rise to the level of a SoS. In contrast, a multi-spectral drone detection system for protection of airports is investigated and a baseline concept for it is generated. The baseline is shown to meet the minimum requirements to be considered a SoS. The system combines multiple sensor types to distinguish drones as targets. The characteristics of the drone detection system which make it a SoS are discussed. Since emergence is considered by some to be a characteristic of a SoS, it is investigated. A solution to the problem of determining if system properties are emergent is presented and necessary and sufficient conditions for emergence are developed. Finally, this work concludes with a summary and suggestions for additional work.
Advisors/Committee Members: Chong, Edwin K. P. (advisor), Sega, Ronald M. (committee member), Jayasumana, Anura P. (committee member), Atadero, Rebecca (committee member).
Subjects/Keywords: drone detection; system of systems; complex systems; systems engineering; pico hydro electric power
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APA (6th Edition):
Sturdivant, R. L. (2017). Application of systems engineering to complex systems and system of systems. (Doctoral Dissertation). Colorado State University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10217/181348
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Sturdivant, Rick L. “Application of systems engineering to complex systems and system of systems.” 2017. Doctoral Dissertation, Colorado State University. Accessed March 24, 2018.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Sturdivant, Rick L. “Application of systems engineering to complex systems and system of systems.” 2017. Web. 24 Mar 2018.
Sturdivant RL. Application of systems engineering to complex systems and system of systems. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Colorado State University; 2017. [cited 2018 Mar 24].
Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10217/181348.
Council of Science Editors:
Sturdivant RL. Application of systems engineering to complex systems and system of systems. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Colorado State University; 2017. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10217/181348