FMF3028 Robust and Probabilistic Design 6.0 credits

Robust och probabilistisk konstruktion

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Course contents *

Engineering statistics: Normal, exponential and Weibull distribution, confidence interval.

Statistical experimental design: physical experiments and simulations, censored and suspended test.

Probabilistic design; Monte Carlo simulations (with Matlab and Ansys) of variation of performance caused by variations in design - manufacturing tolerances, material properties, geometric configuration), user (anthropometric data) and environment parameters (humidity, electromagnetic fields, temperature, dirt).

Robust design; minimise performance variations that is caused by variation of design sparameters, human properties and environment conditions.

Intended learning outcomes *

A student who has completed the course should be able to:

• describe characteristic product properties in statistical terms

• estimate the confidence interval for the estimated reliability of a system 

• define type of probability distribution for a given amount of data

• describe aim, methodology and result of a statistical experimental design

• create a test plan for a physical and a numerical experiment,

• describe aim and procedure to carry out a Monte Carlo simulation,

• use Monte Carlo simulation to analyse how uncertainty in the model parameters influences the simulation result

• describe the aim for robust design and how the method relates to optimisation methods

• use robust design to decrease the sensitivity of the performance of a product for variations in the parameters of its components

• use robust design to decrease the sensitivity of the performance of a product for variations in the technically interactive parameters of the system

• use robust design to decrease the sensitivity of the interactive performance of a product for variations in the ergonomic parameters of the system.

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Literature and preparations

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Admitted to third-cycle programmes

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If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

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P, F

Examination *

  • INL1 - Assignment, 6.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F

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Ulf Olofsson

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

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ITM/Machine Design

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Third cycle

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