Reliability Analysis During the Design Phase

  • Alessandro Birolini


Reliability analysis during the design phase is necessary to detect and eliminate reliability weaknesses as early as possible, and to perform comparative studies with respect to reliability. Such analysis includes failure rate and failure mode investigations as well as the verification that appropriate guidelines for reliability have been applied. This chapter introduces the methods for failure rate and failure mode analysis of complex electronic and electromechanical equipment and systems. Design guidelines for reliability are given in Section 3.4 and those for maintainability and software quality in Sections 4.3 and 5.3, respectively (for reliability tests one may refer to Chapters 3, 7, and 8). Section 2.2 deals with series/parallel structures and Section 2.3 with more complex topics (non series/parallel structures, stress/strength and drift analysis, elements with more than one failure mode), as well as with parallel models with load sharing (in particular warm and standby redundancy). A versatile program (CARP) for the computation of the predicted reliability of arbitrarily complex systems is presented in Section 2.4 (see Section 6.8.2 for the case of repairable systems). Theoretical foundations for this chapter may be found in Appendix A6.


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  • Alessandro Birolini
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