# Process capabilities study mechanical properties

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Hallo everybody,

Does it make sense to calculate Cpk on properties like compressive strengths and moduli?
I mean, the calculation of such indirect properties is based on different single measurements:
- dimensions (length/ width/ thickness)
- mechanical tests

Thanks in advance for your help
Samuele

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In my opinion, no. First, there are a lot of arguments against the use of Cpk on anything. Second, Cpk is a calculation based on the mean, standard deviation and specifications. The first two of these (mean and standard deviation) have an associated uncertainty about their values (i.e., confidence intervals). Combining two uncertainties into one equation increases your uncertainty in the result. Now, take modulus with four variables, each of which has two uncertain parameters. You now have eight uncertain values. The confidence limits around the resulting Cpk would be very wide. I recommend trying a Monte Carlo simulation to demonstrate that this is true.

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To what end? What do you think it will tell you?

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Hi Miner,

Thanks for the explanation.
@ Bev: from time to time our wind customers want that we calculate Cpk based on mech. properties. I already tried to explain them that it make no sense. BTW Miners explanation seems to be more professional, so next time I will try to explain all the story with confidence intervals.

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Samuele

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If you can provide the equation, means and variances, I can run a Monte Carlo simulation to show the resulting confidence intervals.