Dunsmore, W., Pitts, G., Lewis, S.M., Sexton, C.J., Please, C.P. and Carden, P.J.
Developing methodologies for robust mechanical engineering design
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 211, (3), . (doi:10.1243/0954405971516167).
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This paper considers robust product design applied to mechanical systems via computer-based models at the detail design stage. This involves the efficient use of computer-based experiments to understand how product performance, both its mean and variability, depends on the design parameters. The integration of the general concepts and practical tools is described in terms of the design process, with the aim of making the techniques accessible to designers in an industrial context. The approach is motivated from a design for quality standpoint and is directed principally at improving functional reliability, while addressing issues of performance and cost. The approach is illustrated using a case study on the robust design of a cam mechanism.
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