Robust Mechanical Design Using Engineering Models

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A. Parkinson

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602

J. Vib. Acoust 117(B), 48-54 (Jun 01, 1995) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2838676 History: Received September 01, 1994; Online February 26, 2008


This paper examines how engineering models can be used to develop robust designs—designs that can tolerate variation. Variation is defined in terms of tolerances which bracket the expected deviation of model variables and/or parameters. Several methods for robust design are discussed. The method of transmitted variation is explained in detail and illustrated on a linkage design problem and a check valve design problem.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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