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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: Alex Troya ( )
Organization:Solar Turbines, Inc.
Date posted: Wed May 23 0:59:58 US/Eastern 2001
Subject: Improving MTBF
I am doing a reliability study for a standby generator control system. I learned that one way to reach the target MTBF is by increasing the testing frequency. The formula I found to calculate the testing factor is MTBF/2 * target MTBF. The results seem dubious - can you validate this formula? Thank you.

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Subject: Improving MTBF via Testing
Reply Posted by: Edward Sherwin ( )
Organization: RAC
Date Posted: Tue May 29 15:03:30 US/Eastern 2001
Mr. Troya, your MTBF can not be improved by periodic testing the system. Since your system is a standby system, periodic testing will increase the reliability of the system when called upon. Periodic testing will find failures that can be corrected thus enhancing the reliability of the system. Using this formula, you can set the reliability you desired and test to determine how offen testing should occur. R(t)= exp(-lambda x t).

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