Perspectives on Robust Design - an overview of challenges and research areas across industry fields

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nadège Troussier
Author: Eifler, Tobias (1); Campean, Felician (2); Husung, Stephan (3); Schleich, Benjamin (4)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Technical University of Denmark; 2: University of Bradford; 3: Technische Universität Ilmenau; 4: Technische Universität Darmstadt
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 2885-2894
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Robust Design offers a coherent and widely appreciated approach for the parametric exploration of the design space by means of simulation or experimentation, which is well-established in the quality-by design domain. From the perspective of design research, however, this only addresses a relatively narrow part of the design process and is not fully integrated with other design decisions such as concept exploration, the suitable configuration of system elements, or the design of interfaces. Particularly in light of the growing importance of developing technologically advanced and “smart” systems, it seems that a new methodical perspective on Robust Design is needed. Against this background, this paper consolidates knowledge and insights from different research fields and industry sectors. On this basis, new angles to the discussion on product robustness in different domains are explored in order to suggests directions for action and new research areas, both with respect to a methodical RD approach as well as the question of systematic research procedures.

Keywords: Decision making, Design engineering, Robust design

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