Reliability analysis of continuous mechanical systems using multistate fault trees

W. W. Charlesworth, Singiresu S Rao

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Abstract

A method is presented which employs multistate fault trees to determine the reliability of a system wholly or partially comprised of continuous random variables. The advantage of this method over Monte Carlo simulation is that an algebraic expression for system reliability can be generated which, in turn, can be used to evaluate the reliability of the system corresponding to various probability distributions. A four-bar function generating mechanism and a single-shoe drum brake are considered as illustrative examples which compare the results of the present approach to those obtained by the Monte Carlo method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-206
Number of pages12
JournalReliability Engineering and System Safety
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Reliability analysis
Random variables
Brakes
Probability distributions
Monte Carlo methods

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  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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Reliability analysis of continuous mechanical systems using multistate fault trees. / Charlesworth, W. W.; Rao, Singiresu S.

In: Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Vol. 37, No. 3, 01.01.1992, p. 195-206.

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