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Evaluation of Reliability and Availability Characteristics of Two Different Systems by Using Linear First Order Differential Equations

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Author(s): Khaled M. El-Said | Mohamed S. EL-Sherbeny

Journal: Journal of Mathematics and Statistics
ISSN 1549-3644

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 119;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Reliability and Availability Characteristics | Preventive Maintenance | System Performance

ABSTRACT
This study deals with the reliability and availability characteristics of two different series system configurations. The second system differs from the first system due to the additional feature of preventive maintenance. The failure times of a components are assumed to be exponentially distributed with parameters α,β,α' and β', respectively. The replacement time distribution of each server is also exponentially distributed with parameters γ, δ and θ. We derive the mean time-to-failure, MTTF, and the steady-state availability,AT(∞) for the two systems using linear first order differential equations and perform comparisons theoretically and graphically to observe the effect of the preventive maintenance on system performance.
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