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Commercializing Great Products with Design for Six Sigma by David W. Bacon, Randy C. Perry

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Chapter 32. Mixture Experiments

Formulation of compounds is an obvious area for the application of experimental designs. In these designs, the factors are the proportions of the components of the compound and perhaps also the process conditions for producing the compound. The responses for these experiments are the properties of the resulting compound. Because the sum of all of the component proportions must be 1 (or 100% if the proportions are expressed as percentages), traditional factorial and response surface designs are inappropriate. A special class of designed experiments, known as mixture designs, has been developed for such investigations.

As a simple illustration of a mixture design, consider a study of a three component compound to ...

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