Forum: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

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:Marc Hughes ( )
Date posted: Wed Jul 14 14:52:22 US/Eastern 1999
Subject: Confidence Limits on Reliability Predictions
Question: I have been asked about confidence limits on failure rates calculated using MIL-HDBK-217 & Bellcore, using the NPRD and vendor data. My experience in determining confidence limits is based on statistical type testing as described by MIL-STD-781 and not based on the reliability prediction. The requestor is continuing to state that you can determine confidence intervals on reliability calculations without test data. Do you know of a method, or a publication that would help? I thought at one time there was a paper written concerning confidence limits on the formulas presented in MIL-HDBK-217 since these formulae are based on test data of components?


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