The use of supersaturated experiments in turbine engine development

Don R. Holcomb, Douglas Montgomery, Matthew W. Carlyle

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When designing a complex mechanical system there is always considerable emphasis on reducing the time spent determining the best design. Understanding factors that contribute to the performance of the system as rapidly as possible is very important. Supersaturated statistical designs (SSDs) offer a potentially useful way to investigate many factors with very few experiments. SSDs investigate m factors with n experiments, where m > n - 1. In this paper, we demonstrate the use of a SSD in the detailed design phase of a turbine engine. Three SSDs and three orthogonal two-level factorial experiments were used as screening experiments. The results show that SSDs are a reasonable analysis choice, since few active factors are missed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-27
Number of pages11
JournalQuality Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • Contrasts
  • Factorial design
  • Metamodel
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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