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Mark Bebbington, Chin-Diew Lai, Ricardas Zitikis, "Reliability of Modules with Load-Sharing Components", Advances in Decision Sciences, vol. 2007, Article ID 043565, 18 pages, 2007. https://doi.org/10.1155/2007/43565

Reliability of Modules with Load-Sharing Components

Academic Editor: Paul Cowpertwait
Received17 Apr 2007
Accepted08 Aug 2007
Published16 Sep 2007

Abstract

To increase the reliability of modules, and thus of systems assembled from them, they are frequently constructed using parallel load-sharing components. Examples include jet engines, electrical power networks, and telecommunications networks. We consider the situation when the components operate independently, but when any one of them fails, the load of the failed component is instantaneously distributed among the working components. The entire module fails when the last working component fails. We analyze the survival probability and residual life expectancy of such modules. An obvious application is to the case of the 1998 Auckland power supply failure in New Zealand.

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