Designing Robust Structures

Robust structures are those that can maintain function with changes in internal structure or external environment.

New design methods, exploiting increases in computing power, are replacing the conservative methods of dealing with these uncertainties. At the same time, new materials are being developed that have greater scatter in properties and it is becoming increasingly important to resolve the effect of the variations on the structural performance and life. The latest developments in robust design methods for aerospace structures. A review of the latest methods and software available with industrial case studies.