Reliability Evaluation of an Imprecise Multistate System With Mixed Uncertainty

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Author(s)

  • Lechang Yang
  • Chenxing Wang
  • Chunyan Ling
  • Min Xie

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-491
Number of pages14
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Reliability
Volume73
Issue number1
Online published20 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024

Abstract

Reliability evaluation of complex systems like bridge systems or network model is of great interest but challenging as such reliability models cannot be recursively decomposed into combinations of series and parallel systems. The task becomes even more challenging if imprecise parameters are involved. To address such challenges, this article proposes a survival signature-based reliability framework for an imprecise multistate system (IMSS). For probability estimation, the survival signature of IMSS is first defined according to the combination of states of composing elements, and corresponding multistate survival functions are obtained. A simulation method is then developed to calculate the p-box when imprecision is involved. To further address the uncertainty, an approximate Bayesian computation method with a novel Jensen–Shannon divergence-based kernel is developed to perform a stochastic model updating. This method allows a better reliability evaluation result with less uncertainty by calibrating imprecise parameters in the presence of mixed uncertainty. A typical bridge system, which cannot be decomposed as simpler ones, is first cited as a numerical case, followed by a real application example for validation and benefit illustration. © 2023 IEEE.

Research Area(s)

  • Bayes methods, Estimation, Failure analysis, Imprecise probability, Markov processes, multistate system, Reliability, Reliability engineering, reliability evaluation, stochastic model updating, survival signature, Uncertainty

Citation Format(s)

Reliability Evaluation of an Imprecise Multistate System With Mixed Uncertainty. / Yang, Lechang; Wang, Chenxing; Ling, Chunyan et al.
In: IEEE Transactions on Reliability, Vol. 73, No. 1, 03.2024, p. 478-491.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review