ENBIS-13 in Ankara

15 – 19 September 2013 Abstract submission: 5 February – 5 June 2013

The Garden Sprinkler: An Interactive Web-Based Application For Teaching Response Surface Methodology

18 September 2013, 09:40 – 10:00


Submitted by
Koen Rutten
Koen Rutten (KU Leuven), Karl Siebertz (Ford Forschungszentrum Aachen GmbHKU Leuven), David van Bebber (Ford Forschungszentrum Aachen GmbH), Thomas Hochkirchen (Ford Werke GmbH), Bart De Ketelaere (KU Leuven)
Most exercises and textbooks for teaching students and professionals Response Surface Methodology deal with setting up the experiment itself or the analysis of the data after the fact. As such, the whole experience of “learning-by-doing” and drawing intermediate conclusions that lead to follow up experimentation is lost. For this reason an interactive web-based application was written, based on a real-life engineering problem that is described in Siebertz et al (2010). The application deals with the multi-objective optimization of a garden sprinkler having 8 design parameters and 3 responses. Participants interact with the tool to get the response data for their own designs. Depending on the choice of the considered response(s), different design parameters are active and should be screened for. By inserting a (screening) design into the application, the corresponding responses are generated and can be used to analyze the data and plan follow up experiments (e.g. limited and full response surface experimentation) to find the optimum. This tool has been successfully used both in company training and academic courses. Any statistical software can be used to generate and analyze the designs and does not impact the usability of the application.

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