A design problem-solving system which uses Blackboard technology to couple previously independent application software packages into a common control and database structure is described. One application that has been investigated is the suspension tuning process. The process of suspension tuning is currently manpower intensive and involves trade-offs between desirable handling characteristics, noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and packaging constraints. This paper reviews general blackboard concepts and presents an application of blackboard systems to the suspension tuning process. An application is described which couples the generic blackboard architecture with the symbolic dynamics package to help the engineer specify performance measures and constraints, and control the overall analysis process.

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