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New Indices for Measure of Parallel and Series Multi-State System Reliability

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Kailash Kapur

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Elena Zaitseva, Vitaly Levashenko

University of Zilina, Zilina, Slovakia

Paper No. DETC2005-84777, pp. 653-662; 10 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4c: 18th Reliability, Stress Analysis, and Failure Prevention Conference
  • Long Beach, California, USA, September 24–28, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4741-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3766-1
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


The reliability of multi-state system is analyzed in this paper. In a multi-state system, both the system and its components may experience more than two reliability states. We propose dynamic reliability indices for reliability analysis of this system. Mathematical tools of the multiple-valued logic (the Logical Differential Calculus in particular) are exploited for definition of these indices. These indices estimate the effect on the multi-state system reliability by the state of a system component. We concentrate on series and parallel systems, because these structures are basic for many technical systems and get measures of reliability for the failure and restoration of these systems.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Reliability



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