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Performance evaluation of generalized multi-state k-out-of-n systems

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2 Author(s)
Zuo, M.J. ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Alberta Univ., Edmonton, Alta., Canada ; Zhigang Tian

The generalized multi-state k-out-of-n:G system model defined by Huang provides more flexibilities for modeling of multi-state systems. However, the performance evaluation algorithm they proposed for such systems is not efficient, and it is applicable only when the ki values follow a monotonic pattern. In this paper, we defined the concept of generalized multi-state k-out-of-n:F systems. There is an equivalent generalized multi-state k-out-of-n:G system with respect to each generalized multi-state k-out-of-n:F system, and vice versa. The form of minimal cut vector for generalized multi-state k-out-of-n:F systems is presented. An efficient recursive algorithm based on minimal cut vectors is developed to evaluate the state distributions of a generalized multi-state k-out-of-n:F system. Thus, a generalized multi-state k-out-of-n:G system can first be transformed to the equivalent generalized multi-state k-out-of-n:F system, and then be evaluated using the proposed recursive algorithm. Numerical examples are given to illustrate the effectiveness and efficiencies of the proposed recursive algorithms.

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Reliability, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 2 )