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In engineering, a symbolic language is a language that uses standard symbols, marks, and abbreviations to represent concepts such as entities, aspects, attributes, and relationships.[1][original research?]

Engineering symbolic language may be used for the specification, design, implementation, management, operation, and execution of engineered systems.[2][original research?]

Communication using precise, concise representations of concepts is critical in engineering.[3] The Nuclear Principles in Engineering book begins with a quote on symbolic language from Erich Fromm and its power to express and depict associations.[4][5] The engineering employs symbolic language in a way that is not purely text-based and not purely image-based to represent and communicate knowledge.[6]

Examples in chemical engineering include the symbolic languages developed for process flow diagrams and for piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs).[7]

in electrical engineering, examples include the symbolic languages developed for network diagrams used in computing.[8][9]

Ladder logic was originally a written symbolic language for the design and construction of programmable logic control (PLC) operations in mechanical and control engineering.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "P&ID Diagram Basics - Part 1 - Purpose, Owner and Contents". Retrieved 2019-03-24.
  2. ^ Provost, Office of the. "Advanced Engineering Language, Symbols, and Visualizations for Complex and Increasingly Autonomous SystemsCenter for Social Complexity". Retrieved 2019-03-24.
  3. ^ DIXON, JOHN R. (1962). "Symbols in Engineering Education". ETC: A Review of General Semantics. 19 (3): 269–272. ISSN 0014-164X. JSTOR 42573965.
  4. ^ "The forgotten language | Open Library". Open Library. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  5. ^ Jevremovic, Tatjana (2008-12-15). Nuclear Principles in Engineering. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9780387856070.
  6. ^ Gaševic, Dragan; Djuric, Dragan; Devedžic, Vladan (2009-06-12). Model Driven Engineering and Ontology Development. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9783642002823.
  7. ^ "Chemical and Process Engineering, Engineer Drawing Symbols, Design elements, Dimensioning and Tolerancing". ConceptDraw. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  8. ^ Waldring, Ségio (2009-05-01). "Standard Network Diagramming Language and Corresponding Meta-Model". Georgia Southern University.
  9. ^ Jespers, P.; Sequin, C. H.; Wiele, F. van de, eds. (1982). Design Methodologies for VLSI Circuits. Nato Science Series E. Springer Netherlands. ISBN 9789028627819.
  10. ^ Kutz, Myer (2013-06-10). Handbook of Farm, Dairy and Food Machinery Engineering. Academic Press. ISBN 9780123858825.