A methodology for the design of reliable vehicles in the concept stage
With world-wide competition so strong it is essential that motor vehicles have good reliability. One of the ways to reach this goal is the methodology for the design of reliable motor vehicles. The design stage is the most important in the life cycle of the motor vehicle. Reliability design, within the design stage, directly cot-relates with the reliability of the motor vehicle. The problem of the practical methodology for the reliability design of a motor vehicle was solved by developing a methodology for this purpose. The developed methodology represents a modern approach to design that comprises the phases of conceptual, preliminary and main design with the application of the method for reliability design within these phases. Due to the available space, this paper pays attention to the phase of the conceptual design of the vehicles reliability. (c) 2007 Journal of Mechanical Engineering. All rights reserved.