A technique to perform design calculations on imprecise representations of parameters has been developed and is presented. The level of imprecision in the description of design elements is typically high in the preliminary phase of engineering design. This imprecision is represented using the fuzzy calculus. Calculations can be performed using this method, to produce (imprecise) performance parameters from imprecise (input) design parameters. The Fuzzy Weighted Average technique is used to perform these calculations. A new metric, called the γ-level measure, is introduced to determine the relative coupling between imprecise inputs and outputs. The background and theory supporting this approach are presented, along with one example.
Computations with Imprecise Parameters in Engineering Design: Background and Theory
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Wood, K. L., and Antonsson, E. K. (December 1, 1989). "Computations with Imprecise Parameters in Engineering Design: Background and Theory." ASME. J. Mech., Trans., and Automation. December 1989; 111(4): 616–625. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.3259045
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