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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Reller, Susan R.
URN etd-11202012-040315
Title Reliability diagnostic strategies for series systems under imperfect testing
Degree Master of Science
Department Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Nachlas, Joel A. Committee Chair
Blanchard, Benjamin S. Jr. Committee Member
Rakes, Terry R. Committee Member
Sarin, Subhash C. Committee Member
Keywords
  • and guidelines for selecting the starting solution
  • the algorithm appears to ybe globally convergent.
  • a heuristic was developed to construct the cost mi
  • and no—defect-found outcomes. Based on the model
  • false positive termination
  • Mathematical modelsAn expected cost model was deve
Date of Defense 1987-09-05
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Abstract

An expected cost model was developed for failure detection in series systems under imperfect testing. Type I and type II error probabilities are included and single-pass sample paths are required. The model accounts for the expected costs of testing components, false positive termination, and no-defect-found outcomes.

Based on the model, a heuristic was developed to construct the cost minimizing testing sequence. The heuristic algorithm utilizes elementary arithmetic computations and has been successfully applied to a variety of problems. Furthermore, the algorithm appears to be globally convergent. Choice of a starting solution affects the rate of convergence, and guidelines for selecting the starting solution were discussed. Implementation of the heuristic was illustrated by numerical example.

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