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Optimal `series-parallel' networks of 3-state devices

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2 Author(s)
L. B. Page ; North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC, USA ; J. E. Perry

A 3-state component is one which can fall in two different modes: an open mode and a shorted mode. Systems built from such components can also experience either of these two failure modes. For a given number of s-identical s-independent components, a pure `series' or pure `parallel' configuration would be most reliable if only one of the two failure modes were possible. This paper treats the problem of designing the most reliable configuration of a given number of s-identical components that can experience both failure modes. Two simple algorithms for designing an optimal configuration are presented, and by analysis of 6, 8, and 20-component systems they illustrate the extent to which other configurations can be more reliable than `series-parallel' or `parallel-series' arrays

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IEEE Transactions on Reliability  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 4 )