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Application of Robust Design Techniques to Chinese Huqin Musical Instrument Design

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Derrick Tate, Xiaoyi Hu, Mengyue Li, Ruotong Wang

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China

Paper No. DETC2016-59462, pp. V004T05A010; 10 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2016-59462
From:
  • ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 21st Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 10th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, August 21–24, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5014-5
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME

abstract

This paper presents the results of teaching robust design techniques to industrial design students in the Chinese context. Year 3 students in a Bachelor of Engineering programme at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China studied robust design techniques over a one-semester course. As part of the course, the students worked in two groups to apply robust design techniques to traditional Chinese musical instruments: the jinghu and the erhu. The two groups took divergent approaches to the project. One group sought to follow traditional manufacturing processes (craftmaking) for the instruments, and the other applied typical simple prototyping techniques used within industrial design. Through selection of control factors, creation of orthogonal arrays, prototyping, and experimentation, the students were able to characterize the main effects of four control factors on the sound quality of the instruments, loudness or harmonics, and to explore the feasibility of robust design for instrument design.

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