The objective of this paper is to introduce a method that will mitigate product risks during the conceptual design phase by identifying design variables that affect product failures. By using this comprehensive, step-by-step process that combines existing techniques in a new way, designers can begin with a simple Functional Model and emerge from the conceptual design phase with specific components selected with many risks already mitigated. The Risk in Early Design (RED) method plays a significant role in identifying failure modes by functions, and these modes are then analyzed through modeling equations or lifespan analyses, in such a manner that emphasizes variables under the designers’ control. With the valuable insight this method provides, informed decisions can be made early in the process, thereby eliminating costly changes later on.
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A Step Toward Risk Mitigation During Conceptual Product Design: Component Selection for Risk Reduction
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Krus, D, & Grantham, K. "A Step Toward Risk Mitigation During Conceptual Product Design: Component Selection for Risk Reduction." Proceedings of the ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. Volume 5: 22nd International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology; Special Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. August 15–18, 2010. pp. 561-573. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2010-28333
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