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Reliability of Combined m -Consecutive- k -out-of- n :F and Consecutive k_{c} -out-of- n :F Systems

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Eryilmaz, S. ; Dept. of Ind. Eng., Atilim Univ., Ankara, Turkey

A combined m-consecutive-k-out-of-n:F & consecutive k<;sub>;c<;/sub>;-out-of-n:F systems consists of linearly ordered components, and fails iff there exist at least k<;sub>;c<;/sub>; consecutive failed components, or at least m nonoverlapping runs of k consecutive failed components. This structure has applications for modeling systems such as infrared detecting and signal processing, and bank automatic payment systems. In this paper, we derive a combinatorial equation for the number of path sets of this structure including a specified number of working components. This number is used to derive a reliability function, and a signature based survival function formulae, for the system consisting of i.i.d. components. We also obtain a combinatorial equation for the reliability of a system with Markov dependent components.

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Reliability, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:61 ,  Issue: 1 )