Soft Computing

, Volume 23, Issue 15, pp 6715–6725 | Cite as

Development of an ITARA-based hybrid multi-criteria decision-making model for material selection

  • M. Alper SofuoğluEmail author
Methodologies and Application


The optimum selection of material in manufacturing environment should be investigated using a strategic perspective because of its complex nature. The ideal alternative cannot be found easily due to the different criteria, so the decision maker has to consider several factors for selecting the appropriate material. As a result, the decision maker should design a proper form of decision support system to solve the given problem. From decision-maker perspective, it is not easy to determine criteria weights of materials selection problem. Especially, several criteria cause inadequate subjective evaluation. In order to prevent this, different novel hybrid models were developed by using indifference threshold-based attribute ratio analysis (ITARA), VlseKriterijumska Optimizacija I Kompromisno Resenje (VIKOR) technique for order of preference by similarity to ideal solution (TOPSIS) and multi-objective optimization on the basis of ratio (MOORA) methods. Two case studies (material selection of flywheel and cryogenic storage tank) were taken from the literature to test these models. ITARA is used to calculate the criteria weights in the problems, and the final rankings are obtained by using VIKOR, TOPSIS and MOORA. The results indicate that the proposed methods produced successful results in terms of material selection perspective.


Multi-criteria decision making Material selection ITARA TOPSIS 



Analytic hierarchy process


Analytic network process


Additive ratio assessment


Complex proportional assessment


Decision-making trial and evaluation laboratory


Elimination and choice translating reality




Evaluation of mixed data


Grey relational analysis


Graph theory and matrix approach


Indifference threshold-based attribute ratio analysis


Multi-criteria decision making


Multi-objective optimization on the basis of ratio analysis


Occupational repetitive actions


An acronym in Portuguese of interactive and multi-criteria decision making


Technique for order of preference by similarity to ideal solution


VlseKriterijumska Optimizacija I Kompromisno Resenje (Serbian term)


Weighted product method


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringThe University of Eskişehir OsmangaziMeşelik, EskisehirTurkey

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