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Robust Design: Methods and Application to Real World Examples

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A. Karl, G. May, C. Barcock, G. Webster, N. Bayley

Rolls-Royce plc, Derby, UK

Paper No. GT2006-90649, pp. 145-151; 7 pages
doi:10.1115/GT2006-90649
From:
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 2: Aircraft Engine; Ceramics; Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Environmental and Regulatory Affairs
  • Barcelona, Spain, May 8–11, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4237-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3774-2
  • Copyright © 2006 by Rolls-Royce plc

abstract

Recent developments in computer capabilities and software have enabled the application of deterministic optimisation and Robust Design methods in real-world aero-engine development programmes. This paper describes both the methods used and several applications of this technology. Using automated processes, deterministic optimisation, and especially Robust Design methods, an increased product quality and reliability have been achieved, while at the same time producing a considerable decrease in development time and cost. It is the application of Robust Design methods that leads to increased product quality and reliability, as deterministic optimisation methods alone often drive on to constraint boundaries, leading to “cliff-edge” designs.

Copyright © 2006 by Rolls-Royce plc

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