QFD trade-off methodology for automobile hydrogen tank assembly design

Gary Moynihan, Sumanth Peravalli, Joshua Hawkins, William Sutton, Guo Yuebin

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Development of automotive vehicle standards for hydrogen tanks is an emerging process. A series of best practices, in this area, were identified via literature review and confirmed by domain experts. These practices were analyzed and integrated to derive an approach for design trade-off analysis. Quality Function Deployment (QFD) is a well-known Japanese production planning technique. It involves the construction of a series of linked matrices associating customer requirements to progressively more detailed levels of product characteristics. A QFD analog approach was developed for this research, then applied, using both simulated and actual data. Fundamental to the application of good systems engineering principles is an understanding of such critical factors as cost, risk (safety), and service life (duration of use), and how these factors relate to the overall design. The key benefit of this effort is the formulation of a means by which any two implementable hydrogen tank designs can be compared consistently with regard to trade-off between these critical factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event2006 IIE Annual Conference and Exposition - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 20 2006May 24 2006


Other2006 IIE Annual Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


  • Alternative fueled vehicle
  • Cost analysis
  • Hydrogen tank
  • Quality function deployment
  • Safety


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