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karbasian M, mohammadi M, mortazavi M. Developing a method for reliability allocation of series-parallel systems by considering common cause failure. IJIEPR. 2018; 29 (2) :213-230
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Reliability allocation has an essential connection to design for reliability and is an important activity in the product design and development process. In determining the reliability of subsystems or components on the basis of goal reliability, attention must be paid to failure effect, failure information, and improvement opportunities based upon real potentials for reliability improvement. In the light of the fact that ignoring dependent failures inflicts irreversible damage on systems, and that redundant systems are vulnerable to Common Cause Failure (CCF) as well as independent failure, attention must be paid not only to components’ independent failure information, but also to CCF information in conducting reliability allocation for such systems. To consider improved failure rate alone cannot ensure the achievement of the goal reliability in question, because if the CCF occurrence exceeds a certain limit, the system’s reliability will certainly fail to match the goal reliability. This paper is an attempt to develop a method for reliability allocation of series-parallel systems by considering CCF, in such a way that potentials and priorities of reliability improvement are taken into consideration. The proposed method consists of four stages: 1) adding a series component to the redundant system in order to investigate CCF, 2) conducting reliability allocation for series components and the redundant system, 3) conducting reliability allocation for redundant system components, and 4) analyzing the failure rate of system components. The proposed method is run for water pumping systems and the results are evaluated. In this method, in addition to the improved failure rate of system components, the improved rate of CCF is computed, too. This proves instrumental and crucial for system designers in feasibility studies and conceptual design.
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  • A method for reliability allocation of series-parallel system was investigated by taking into consideration the priorities and real potential of reliability improvement.
  • Reliability allocation of redundant systems was investigated by taking CCF into consideration.
  • Using the proposed method, the improved failure rate for CCF was determined.
  • The proposed method can be beneficial for system designers in conceptual design processes in order to ensure the achievement of goal reliability in practical fashion
  • The proposed method was run for a water pumping system, and some strategies were proposed to reduce CCF occurrence rate.

Type of Study: Research | Subject: Reliability and Maintenance
Received: 2017/11/19 | Accepted: 2018/05/7 | Published: 2018/05/20

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