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Statistical engineering design

S.J. Morrison (S.J.Morrison is a retired engineer who has maintained an interest in statistical methods in engineering throughout his career. He is a Senior Fellow of the University of Hull, UK, having retired in 1982 as Director and Head of Department of Operational Research and subsequently becoming an Honorary Research Associate of the Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture)

The TQM Magazine

ISSN: 0954-478X

Article publication date: 1 February 2000



Offers, as a contribution to the debate on probabilistic engineering design, the suggestion that quality problems in development and manufacture can be anticipated and resolved before they occur by applying variance synthesis to the basic design. Only after a satisfactory design has been established should engineering tolerances be applied to control the manufacturing process. Identifies dominant sources of variability variance synthesis in addition to providing a statistical basis for calculating a safety factor. Gives two illustrative examples.



Morrison, S.J. (2000), "Statistical engineering design", The TQM Magazine, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 26-31.




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