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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: ANIL KUMAR ( )
Date posted: Thu Mar 7 6:49:23 US/Eastern 2002
What is the life characteristic curve and failure distribution for mechanical parts. Electronic parts follow bath-tub characteristic and exponential distribution.What about mechanical components?

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Subject: Mechanical Failure Patterns
Reply Posted by: Patrick Hetherington ( )
Organization: Reliability Analysis Center
Date Posted: Wed Mar 13 13:42:28 US/Eastern 2002
The bathtub curve only has value in explaining three separate and distinct failure phenomena’s i.e. infant mortality, random failures and wearout. Studies have shown that less than 5% of all components actually follow the bathtub curve. Usually one or two of patterns are dominant. Mechanical components generally will follow a Weibull or Lognormal time dependent failure distribution. The parameters for these distributions are dependent on the component type and operating stresses. Systems, whether mechanical, electronic, or electro-mechanical that have many parts (and thus many individual failure patterns) will exhibit a near random failure pattern which becomes very random if failed components are replaced with new components.

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