A new design approach named MORDE (multi-objective robust design exploration), in which multi-objective robust optimization techniques and data mining techniques are combined, is proposed in this paper. We first developed a widely applicable design framework for multi-objective robust optimization. In this framework, probabilistic representation of design variables are introduced and Kriging models are used to approximate relations between design variables with uncertainty and multiple design objectives. A multi-objective genetic algorithm optimizes the mean and standard deviation of the responses. We then applied the framework to the real-world design problem of a centrifugal fan used in a washer-dryer. Taking dimensional uncertainty into account, we optimized the means and standard deviations of the resulting distributions of fan efficiency and turbulent noise level. Steady Reynolds-averaged Navier Stokes simulations were used to build Kriging models that approximate these objective functions. With the obtained non-dominated solutions, we demonstrated how to analyze features of solutions and select design candidates. We also attempted to acquire design knowledge by applying several data mining techniques. Self-organizing map was used to visualize and reuse the high dimensional design data. Decision tree analysis and rough set theory were used to extract design rules to improve the product’s performance. We also discussed differences in types of rules, which were extracted by both methods.

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