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Application of fuzzy logic to reliability engineering

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2 Author(s)
Bowles, J.B. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., South Carolina Univ., Columbia, SC, USA ; Pelaez, C.E.

The analysis of system reliability often requires the use of subjective-judgments, uncertain data, and approximate system models. By allowing imprecision and approximate analysis fuzzy logic provides an effective tool for characterizing system reliability in these circumstances; it does not force precision where it is not possible. Here we apply the main concepts of fuzzy logic, fuzzy arithmetic and linguistic variables to the analysis of system structures, fault trees, event trees, the reliability of degradable systems, and the assessment of system criticality based on the severity of a failure and its probability of occurrence

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:83 ,  Issue: 3 )