Accession Number : ADA136684

Title :   Development and Evaluation of a Bayesian Sequential Testing Methodology for Assessing the Reliability of Defense Systems.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : DECISIONS AND DESIGNS INC MCLEAN VA

PDF Url : ADA136684

Report Date : 22 Mar 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 149

Abstract : The concept of cost-effective testing of multi-component systems is central to this Project. The concept arose from a study of the testing of operational systems aimed at detecting the degradation of component reliabilities over time. This type of testing is usually conducted on a continual basis by system users to guard against the erosion of system reliability due to aging. Typically, the system, consisting of various subsystems or components, is brought in from the field for testing. The components are then tested in two ways: either independently in component-level tests, or simultaneously in system associated tests. In sum, there are a number of reasons why it is possible that all components in the system should not be tested the same or a proportionate number of times. The purpose of this project is to evaluate a Bayesian sequential testing methodology that considers these reasons and balances the cost of testing with the expected value of the information to be gained. The methodology indicates in sequential form which component or subsystem in the system to test next, and when to stop testing. This test plan developed should provide estimates of the reliability of complex systems more cost-effectively than the plans typically used.

Descriptors :   *Reliability, *Systems analysis, *Cost effectiveness, Bayes theorem, Test methods, Defense systems, Methodology

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE