Accession Number:

AD0263957

Title:

SELF-REPAIRING MACHINES. PART ONE

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Corporate Author:

SYRACUSE UNIV N Y

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Report Date:

1961-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

As electronic systems continue to grow in size and complexity, the related problems of system reliability and maintenance have become a matter of prime concern. Since existing methods for improving reliability seem inadequate to meet the requirements demanded by future systems, it appears appropriate to explore and develop new techniques and methods. A study of the selfregenerating properties of biological systems suggests that the concept of self-repair may be applicable to the problem at hand. In a self-repairing system, external maintenance is eliminated. Upon detection of a malfunction, the system itself initiates action which repairs or replaces the faulty component. The system model employed in this work consists of an arbitrary interconnection of a finite number of elements. An element is defined as the smallest replaceable unit within the system to which a failure is to be attributed. Thus, depending on the system, an element may be as small as a resistor or micromodule, or as large as an entire sub-assembly. Element failures are assumed to be independent. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE