Taylor Series Finite Difference for Reliability Assessment at the Design Stage

  • Xavier Zwingmann
  • Daoud Aït-Kadi
  • Bernard Mutel
  • Amadou Coulibaly
Conference paper


In this article, the stress/strength approach coupled with the Taylor series finite difference is used to assess the reliability of innovative products at the design stage. This article highlights the proposed approach and presents an illustrative example. The approach has been successfully applied to assess the reliability of wheelchair components.


Design Variable Performance Function Design Point Innovative Product Virtual Prototype 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xavier Zwingmann
    • 1
  • Daoud Aït-Kadi
    • 1
  • Bernard Mutel
    • 2
  • Amadou Coulibaly
    • 2
  1. 1.CENTOR, Laval UniversityQuébecCanada
  2. 2.LRPS, INSAStrasbourgFrance

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