This paper proposes a distributed artificial intelligence framework to address the co-ordination of interactions among the different standard virtual components during the virtual prototyping of fluid power systems. The approach considers the hydraulic system as a multi-agent system and associates each virtual hydraulic component to a domain agent. A control agent is used to co-ordinate the interactions in the multi-agent system. The representation of the proposed domain agents and the co-ordinated communication via the control agent are discussed in this paper. The paper also presents some details on the implementation of the proposed agent-based architecture and explains how agent communication and collaboration has been accomplished using Java and VRML.

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