Design optimization using Statistical Confidence Boundaries of response surfaces: Application to robust design of a biomedical implant

  • Rossi Laetitia
  • Linares Jean-Marc
  • Chaves-Jacob Julien
  • Mailhé Jean
  • Sprauel Jean-Michel


This paper deals with the use of Statistical Confidence Boundaries (SCB) of response surfaces in robust design optimization. An empirical model is therefore selected to describe a real design constraint function. This constraint is thus approximated by a second order polynomial expansion which is fitted to numerical simulations that use a Finite Element Method (FEM). A technique is also proposed to analyze the effects of the uncertainties of the inputs of the simulations. This approach is employed to optimize the design of a biomedical wrist implant. A real optimized implant is then manufactured and tested to validate the numerical model.