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A consecutive-k-out-of-n:G system: the mirror image of a consecutive-k-out-of-n:F system

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3 Author(s)
W. Kuo ; Dept. of Ind. & Manuf. Eng., Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA, USA ; W. Zhang ; M. Zuo

A consecutive-k-out-of-n:F (consecutive-k -out-of-n:G) system consists of an ordered sequence of n components such that the system is failed (good) if and only if at least k consecutive components in the system are failed (good). In the present work, the relationship between the consecutive- k-out-of-n:F system and the consecutive-k-out-of-n:G system is studied, theorems for such systems are developed, and available results for one type of system are applied to the other. The topics include system reliability, reliability bounds, component reliability importance, and optimal system design. A case study illustrates reliability analysis and optimal design of a train operation system. An optimal configuration rule is suggested by use of the Birnbaum importance index

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IEEE Transactions on Reliability  (Volume:39 ,  Issue: 2 )