10. A Split-Plot Design

  1. Peter Goos1 and
  2. Bradley Jones2

Published Online: 24 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119974017.ch10

Optimal Design of Experiments: A Case Study Approach

Optimal Design of Experiments: A Case Study Approach

How to Cite

Goos, P. and Jones, B. (2011) A Split-Plot Design, in Optimal Design of Experiments: A Case Study Approach, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119974017.ch10

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Antwerp and Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

  2. 2

    JMP Division of SAS, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 JUN 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 JUL 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470744611

Online ISBN: 9781119974017



  • split-plot design;
  • levels of key factors, in experiment - hard to change, one experimental run to the next;
  • model for a split-plot experiment - a mixed model;
  • construct designs, and grouping of runs - levels of one or more factors, being constant;
  • case, the wind tunnel experiment - factors and levels, wind tunnel experiment;
  • second design option - considered by Dr. Cavendish;
  • data from wind tunnel experiment - using I-optimal split-plot design;
  • split-plot terminology;
  • split-plot experiment, and blocked experiment - difference, terminology used and experiment type;
  • split-plot design, experimental factors - hard to change or reset, experimenters using split-plot design


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Key concepts

  • Case: the wind tunnel experiment

  • Peek into the black box

  • Background reading

  • Summary