Introduction to Statistically Designed Experiments: NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Michael Heaney

Research output: NRELPresentation


Statistically designed experiments can save researchers time and money by reducing the number of necessary experimental trials, while resulting in more conclusive experimental results. Surprisingly, many researchers are still not aware of this efficient and effective experimental methodology. As reported in a 2013 article from Chemical & Engineering News, there has been a resurgence of this methodology in recent years ( This presentation will provide a brief introduction to statistically designed experiments. The main advantages will be reviewed along with the some basic concepts such as factorial and fractional factorial designs. The recommended sequential approach to experiments will be introduced and finally a case study will be presented to demonstrate this methodology.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages37
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NamePresented at the ASQ Section 1300 Monthly Membership Meeting, 13 September 2016, Englewood, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5500-66898


  • design of experiments
  • factorial designs
  • fractional factorial designs
  • response surface designs
  • statistically designed experiments


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