Forum: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

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

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Posted by: Geoff Hampden-Smith (geoff.hampden-smith@shell.com )
Organization:Shell UK
Date posted: Fri Jun 24 5:58:23 US/Eastern 2005
Subject: Component Confidence levels
Message:
The target availability for a 3 component parallel system (valve shutdown system) is 99.95%. The three components have similar failure rates. However, the failures of the components are only revealed on testing. The question is what confidence limits should be chosen for the individual components to have a 95% chance of shutdown on demand for the parallel system. Any direction on performing the calculation would be appreciated.

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