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Topic: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic Posted by: Reliability & Maintainability Forum ( )
Organization: System Reliability Center
Date Posted: Mon Aug 31 12:47:36 US/Eastern 1998

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Posted by: Bob Valerius ( )
Organization:Northrop-Grumman Oceanic & Naval Sys
Date posted: Mon Feb 14 15:15:24 US/Eastern 2000
Subject: Failure model for a metal bellows
Hi I am trying to find a failure rate model similar to other mechanical models in the Carderock mechanical reliability handbook. I realize that NPRD-95 has a couple of data points for bellows but they are GF environment (ours is naval unsheltered) and the failure rate is given independent of number of cycles, material, etc. I would expect those parameters to play a large part in the failure of a bellows. Thanks for your time. Bob Valerius 410-260-5247 410-694-2387 fax


Subject: Reliability Conversion
Reply Posted by: Bruce Dudley ( )
Organization: Reliability Analysis Center
Date Posted: Thu Feb 17 15:02:34 US/Eastern 2000
Suggest that you use the conversion approximations that are cited in the Reliability Engineers' Toolkit on page 176. Using the factors from this table, one would multiply the MTBF at ground fixed conditions by 0.3 to obtain a conversion at naval unsheltered conditions.

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