Reliability analysis of a repairable k-out-of-n system with some components being suspended when the system is down

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-310
Journal / PublicationReliability Engineering and System Safety
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006


A k-out-of-n system with independent exponential components is investigated. It is assumed that some working components are suspended as soon as the system is down, repair starts immediately when a component fails and repair times are independent and exponentially distributed. Formulas for various reliability indices of the system including mean time between failures, mean working time in a failure-repair cycle, and mean down time in a failure-repair cycle are derived. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Alternating renewal process, Exponential distributions, Mean time between failures, Unlimited repairs