RESEARCH PAPERS: Design Theory and Methodology Papers

Tuning Parameters in Engineering Design

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K. N. Otto, E. K. Antonsson

Engineering Design Research Laboratory, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology, Mail Code 104–44, Caltech, Pasadena, CA 91125

J. Mech. Des 115(1), 14-19 (Mar 01, 1993) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2919311 History: Received August 01, 1991; Online June 02, 2008


In the design and manufacture of mechanical devices, there are parameters whose values are determined by the manufacturing process in response to errors introduced in the devices’s manufacture or operating environment. Such parameters are termed tuning parameters, and are distinct from design parameters which the designer selects values for as a part of the design process. This paper introduces tuning parameters into the design methods of: optimization, Taguchi’s method, and the method of imprecision (Wood and Antonsson, 1989). The details of the mathematical formulation, along with a design example, are presented and discussed. Including tuning parameters in the design process can result in designs that are more tolerant of variational noise.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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