A procedure for robust design: Minimizing variations caused by noise factors and control factors

Wei Chen, J. K. Allen, Kwok Leung Tsui, F. Mistree

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Abstract

In this paper, we introduce a small variation to current approaches broadly called Taguchi Robust Design Methods. In these methods, there are two broad categories of problems associated with simultaneously minimizing performance variations and bringing the mean on target, namely, Type I—minimizing variations in performance caused by variations in noise factors (uncontrollable parameters). Type II—minimizing variations in performance caused by variations in control factors (design variables). In this paper, we introduce a variation to the existing approaches to solve both types of problems. This variation embodies the integration of the Response Surface Methodology (RSM) with the compromise Decision Support Problem (DSP). Our approach is especially useful for design problems where there are no closed-form solutions and system performance is computationally expensive to evaluate. The design of a solar powered irrigation system is used as an example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-485
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME
Volume118
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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