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SysML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Systems Modeling Language by Lenny Delligatti

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Chapter 12. Allocations: Cross-Cutting Relationships

A useful relationship in system design is the allocation relationship. This relationship is not specific to any one of the nine kinds of SysML diagrams. It’s a versatile relationship that you and your team can use in various ways across all aspects of a system model.

I begin with a discussion of the conventional ways in which systems engineers have used allocations historically. Then I present several notations that you can use on diagrams to express allocations among model elements, and I discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each option.

12.1. Purpose

Systems engineers often speak of allocations in the course of performing system design. The INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook discusses ...

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