Robert Wilkins - Robust fuse design

Robert Wilkins

Consultant, Overdee, Rocky Lane, Heswall, Wirral, CH60 0BZ, U,

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The paper describes an approach to fuse design which is based on optimisation methods, where the performance requirements are represented as constraints on the values which the design variables are allowed to take. A solution space for any given design concept can be developed, but to do this, the prototype testing needs to be conducted in an unconventional way. When a feasible solution space has been obtained, the design can be finalised in a way which is robust and less sensitive to dimensional tolerances and other variations.

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