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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Course Overview

    Concepts in the Modern Design of Experiments


    Aerospace researchers with considerable subject-matter expertise who have had relatively little formal training in the design of experiments are often unaware that research quality and productivity can be substantially improved through the specific design of an experiment. Reductions in cycle time by factors of two or more, with quality improvements of that same order, have occurred when the fundamental precepts of experiment design covered in this course have been applied in real-world aerospace research. Examples drawn from specific studies will quantitatively illustrate resource savings, quality improvements, and enhanced insights that well-designed experiments have delivered at NASA Langley. Computer software CDs included with the course (Design Expert) will be demonstrated.

    Key Topics:

    • Key advantages of the Modern Design of Experiments (MDOE) over classical (conventional) experiment design methods
    • How to specify the proper volume of data to enhance the probability of success and to avoid wasting resources
    • Full and fractional factorial designs to efficiently quantify main effects and interactions
    • Experimental tactics to minimize unexplained variance (uncertainty)
    • Introduction to Response Surface Methods
    • Illustration of experiment design computer software (Design Expert)

    Who Should Attend:

    This course is intended for scientists, engineers, and program, project, and line managers involved in the design and execution of experimental aerospace research, or in product/process improvement. Undergraduate and graduate students in engineering and scientific disciplines would also benefit from exposure to the concepts presented in this course.

    Course Information:

    Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
    Course Level: Fundamentals/Intermediate/Advanced

    Course scheduling available in the following formats:

    • Course at Conference
    • On-site Course
    • Stand-alone/Public Course

    Course Length: 2-5 days
    AIAA CEU's available: yes