The Function-Failure Design Method
To succeed in the product development market today, firms must quickly and accurately satisfy customer needs while designing products that adequately accomplish their desired functions with a minimum number of failures. when failure analysis and prevention are coupled with a product's design from its conception, potentially shorter design times and fewer redesigns are necessary to arrive at a final product design. In this article, we explore the utility of a novel design methodology that allows failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA)-style failure analysis to be conducted during conceptual design. The function-failure design method (FFDM) guides designers towards improved designs by predicting likely failure modes based on intended product functionality.
R. B. Stone et al., "The Function-Failure Design Method," Journal of Mechanical Design, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Jan 2004.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.1862678
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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