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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: Mehta ( )
Date posted: Sat Feb 22 3:23:28 US/Eastern 2003
Subject: Reliability measurement for Automobile
I was hoping someone could help me out. 1. What is the best indice for specifying reliability of a car? Should we take into consideration of Power train,chassis, Electrical items(horn,headlamps,blinkers, etc...), etc all of the components of the system or only some of the subsystems as mentioned above? 2. How can i predict reliability of new development car? Could you please provide an example?


William H. Crowell Subject: Reliability Measurement for Automobiles
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Organization: Reliability Analysis Center
Date Posted: Wed Feb 26 15:32:15 US/Eastern 2003
When performing a reliability model on an Automobile, all of the components should be considered in the analysis, unless the study specifies that only specified components are to be studied such as the Power Train.

A good publication that provides general reliability principles and analysis techniques published by the Reliability Analysis Center (RAC) is the Reliability Toolkit: Commercial Practices Edition. While this publication will not directly answer your question, it does provide insight into analyses that can be performed to assess the design of a new automobile. For a complete directory of RAC publications go to:

Also, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has developed several papers that discuss Automotive Reliability.

Potential Failure Mode and Effects Analysis in Design (Design FMEA) and potential Failure Mode and Effects Analysis in Manufacturing and Assembly Processes (Process FMEA) and Effects Analysis for Machinery (Machinery MTBF)
SAE Document Number J1739, August 2002

Papers published before February 1998 are not listed on the SAE website. They are available with SAE Internet and CD-ROM products or by contacting SAE Customer Service at 1-877-606-7323 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) or 724/776-4970.

Additional suggested reading:

Reliability Prediction and Evaluation of Electronic Devices, Subassemblies, and Systems for Automotive Applications
SAE Technical Paper 830408

Development of Reliability Prediction Models for Electronic Components in Automotive Applications.
SAE Technical Paper 840486

Automotive Electronic Reliability Prediction
SAE Technical Paper 870050

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