A framework for weighting of criteria in ranking stage of material selection process

  • Ali Jahan
  • Faizal Mustapha
  • S. M. Sapuan
  • Md Yusof Ismail
  • Marjan Bahraminasab


Material selection is an onerous process of design activities which needs to be carefully carried out in order to increase the probability of success. A lot of multi-criteria decision-making methods have been proposed in material selection, many of which require quantitative weights for the attributes. Since weights play a very significant role in the ranking results of the materials, this paper presents a framework for determining importance degree of criteria to overcome the shortcomings of this subject in material selection. Furthermore, the suggested framework covers the situation of interdependent relationship between the criteria which has not been surveyed in material selection yet. An example was considered to illustrate how this framework is conducted. On the basis of the numerical results, it can be concluded that the proposed method can soundly deal with the material selection problems.


Multiple criteria decision analysis Material selection Weighting and ranking factors Dependency of material properties 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Jahan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Faizal Mustapha
    • 3
  • S. M. Sapuan
    • 2
  • Md Yusof Ismail
    • 4
  • Marjan Bahraminasab
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringSemnan Branch, Islamic Azad UniversitySemnanIran
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing EngineeringUniversiti Putra MalaysiaSerdangMalaysia
  3. 3.Department of Aerospace Engineering, Engineering FacultyUniversiti Putra MalaysiaSerdangMalaysia
  4. 4.Department of Manufacturing EngineeringUniversity Malaysia PahangKuantanMalaysia

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