The Modern Design of Experiments for Wind Tunnel Testing

The Modern Design of Experiments for Wind Tunnel Testing : A Practitioner's Guide to Formal Experiment Design for Low-Cost, High-Quality Testing in Experimental Aeronautics

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In The Modern Design of Experiments for Wind Tunnel Testing, pioneering NASA research scientist Richard DeLoach shares theoretical background, unrivalled practical experience and detailed examples of a new approach to aeronautical wind tunnel test design. Understanding the needs of wind tunnel practitioners faced with insufficient resources for, and disappointingly unreliable results through, traditional One Factor At a Time (OFAT) testing, DeLoach has spent decades honing his take on the established Design of Experiments (DOE) approach and applying it to aeronautical testing in a wind tunnel setting. His papers on Modern Design of Experiments (MDOE) relating to experimental aeronautics have won him numerous AIAA 'Outstanding Paper' and 'Best Paper' accolades, as well as a NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal in 2005. In this ground-breaking new book, DeLoach covers the background theory needed by those unfamiliar with DOE methods and uses detailed examples from decades of work at NASA Langley to demonstrate practical realities, applications and limitations.
With massive potential for cost saving and quality improvement through DOE methods of testing driving great interest in the topic within the aerospace community, The Modern Design of Experiments for Wind Tunnel Testing is an essential reference to this novel approach from an experienced leader in the field. Features: a true practitioners' guide to this new approach to wind tunnel experiment design from a NASA pioneer in experimental aeronautics; method promises cost savings through increased efficiency and incorporates new tactics for quality assessment and assurance, designed to reduce the experimental uncertainty in wind tunnel testing; and coverage of essential knowledge and first-principles alongside practical examples, insights, guidance and limitations to facilitate successful application in your research and testing.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 191 x 235mm
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Approx. 350 illustrations
  • 0124165869
  • 9780124165861

Table of contents


1: Introduction

2: Elementary Concepts of MDOE Experiment Design

3: A Brief Digression into Some Preliminary Mathematical and Statistical Topics

4: Variance: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

5: The Declaration of Independence and Other Quality Assurance Tactics


6: Comparison of Two Sample Means

7: Two-Level Full-Factorial Designs

8: Two-Level Fractional-Factorial Designs

9: Comparison of Multiple Sample Means: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)


10: Introduction to Response Surface Methods

11: Calibration of a Single-Piece Force Balance: A Practical Example of an RSM Design

12: Generalized RSM Experiment Design for Force, Moment, and Pressure Experiments


13: Bayesian Inference in the Modern Design of Experiments

14: Bidirectionality in Multi-Piece Force Balances

15: Discontinuities across Inference Subspace Boundaries

16: Hierarchy in Response Surface Models

17: Orthogonal Polynomials

18: Epistemological Uncertainty

19: Epilogue: Thoughts on Cultural Inertia and the Future of Formal Experiment Design in Aeronautics
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