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Availability and reliability of system with dependent components and time-varying failure and repair rates

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2 Author(s)
T. Zhang ; Dept. of Electron. Control Eng., Tokyo Univ. of Mercantile Marine, Japan ; M. Horigome

System reliability depends not only on the reliabilities of components in the system but also on their interactions. Generally, in a system, not only s-independent failures but also s-dependent failures among components can occur; thus there are many studies where the s-dependencies among components are taken into account in system reliability and availability analysis, but in which the failure and repair rates were assumed constant. Whereas, from a practical viewpoint, the constant failure rate assumption for components has been, and is repeatedly challenged by knowledgeable reliability practitioners. Therefore, there are other studies which handled the problem of time-varying failure rates, among which all concerned repairable systems did not involve s-dependent failures. In most cases, however, to combine s-dependent failures and time-varying failure and repair rates in system reliability and availability analysis is the most appropriate for real systems. But it is very difficult to obtain the analytic solution and, in most cases, the closed-form solution for system reliability and availability does not exist, so that numerical or simulation methods must be used. This paper studies one kind of system that endures environmental shocks, and where one or more components can fail simultaneously due to a cumulative shock-damage process. An approach for reliability and availability analysis of such kinds of repairable systems is presented, where failure and repair rates of components can be varied with time. One type of special vehicle with such mechanical systems illustrates system reliability and availability solutions

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IEEE Transactions on Reliability  (Volume:50 ,  Issue: 2 )