Doctoral Dissertations


"In the design of new products and systems, the mitigation of potential failures is very important. The sooner in a product's design mitigation can be performed, the lower the cost and easier to implement those mitigations become. However, currently, most mitigations strategies rely on the expertise of the engineers designing a product, and while models and for failure modes do exist to help, there are no guidelines for performing product changes to reduce risk. To help alleviate this, the risk mitigation strategy taxonomy is created from an empirical collection of mitigation strategies used in industry for failure mitigation, creating a consistent set of definitions for electromechanical risk mitigation strategies. By storing mitigation data in this consistent format, the data can be used to evaluate and compare different mitigation strategies. Applying this, the Generated Risk Event Effect Neutralization (GREEN) method is used to generate mitigation strategies for a product during the conceptual design of the product, where changes are the easiest to implement and cost the least. The GREEN method then compares and selects the best strategy based on the popularity, likelihood change, and consequence change that result from implementing the strategies"--Abstract, page iv.


Grantham Lough, Katie, 1979-

Committee Member(s)

Thomas, Jeffery S., 1971-
Takai, Shun
Murray, Susan L.
Dharani, Lokeswarappa R.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2012

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Step toward risk mitigation during conceptual product design: component selection for risk reduction
  • Towards failure free design: an analysis of risk mitigation communication
  • Mitigation strategy taxonomy: organizing and classifying risk mitigation strategies
  • Generated risk event effect neutralization: identifying and evaluating risk mitigation strategies during conceptual design
  • Failure prevention through the cataloging of successful risk mitigation strategies


xv, 176 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.


© 2012 Daniel adam Krus, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

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Subject Headings

New products -- Design
Product design
Risk assessment
Risk management

Thesis Number

T 10004

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