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Generalized multi-state k-out-of-n:G systems

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3 Author(s)
Jinsheng Huang ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Alberta Univ., Edmonton, Alta., Canada ; Zuo, M.J. ; Wu, Y.

In a binary k-out-of-n:G system, k is the minimum number of components that must work for the system to work. Let 1 represent the working state and 0 the failure state, k then indicates the minimum number of components that must be in state 1 for the system to be in state 1. This paper defines the multi-state k-out-of-n:G system: each component and the system can be in 1 of M+1 possible states: 0, 1, ..., M. In Case I, the system is in state ⩾j iff at least kj components are in state ⩾j. The value of kj I 1 can be different for different required minimum system-state level j. Examples illustrate applications of this definition. Algorithms for reliability evaluation of such systems are presented

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Reliability, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 1 )