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Computational Methods to Predict and Avoid Design Failure

[+] Author Affiliations
Brian A. Mitchell, Daniel A. McAdams, Robert B. Stone

University of Missouri at Rolla

Irem Y. Tumer

NASA Ames Research Center

Paper No. IMECE2005-79907, pp. 721-732; 12 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Design Engineering, Parts A and B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4215-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Component selection can be a difficult task for designers, and the components they choose can have a large impact on the robustness of the design. Using previous methods to predict and identify potential failure modes, known as the function-failure design method (FFDM), the impact on failure of selecting a particular component over another can be explored based on failure results from previous design endeavors using the same component. This assists designers in selecting the component that is best suited for the application. Since the predicted distribution of failure modes changes depending on the selected component, failure reduction is possible through component selection. Through this method of component selection, risk can be decreases and potential failures can be eliminated. Experiments based on undergraduate student competition design projects are presented to illustrate this method’s ability to predict failure modes. Initial results indicate that the predictions are accurate and meaningful to designers. The experiment also serves as initial validation previous work in the area of failure prediction.

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