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Failure Mode Analysis of Mechanical Systems at Conceptual Design Stage

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M. F. Wani, Muzamil Jan

National Institute of Technology-Srinagar, Kashmir, India

Paper No. ESDA2006-95730, pp. 985-995; 11 pages
  • ASME 8th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • Volume 1: Advanced Energy Systems, Advanced Materials, Aerospace, Automation and Robotics, Noise Control and Acoustics, and Systems Engineering
  • Torino, Italy, July 4–7, 2006
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4248-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3779-3
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


This paper presents a methodology for determining criticality of failure modes in mechanical system at conceptual design stage on the basis of functional and structural knowledge of the system, using statistical method ‘K-Clustering’. First of all component failure matrix (CF) is derived then its transpose is obtained. Then similarity matrix (SM) is obtained by pre-multiplying component failure matrix (CF) by its transpose. By adding each row corresponding to the given function and arranging the sums in ascending or descending order and selecting a range to determine critical failure modes. Prediction of critical failure modes during conceptual design stage using the component failure matrix (CF) and function component matrix (EC) matrices, the function failure mode matrix can be computed as EF = EC × CF.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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