STOCHASTIC WEAR PROCESSES
CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY OPERATIONS RESEARCH CENTER
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A new class of non-decreasing stochastic processes is characterized. These processes satisfy a generalization of the notion of an increasing failure rate. From physical considerations, these processes seem suitable for describing the process of cumulative wear or damage. The main interest with the model is an investigation of the first time until the process exceeds a random barrier. For this class of processes, it is shown that the first passage time random variable across a random barrier has an increasing failure rate, regardless of the distribution of the barrier. In addition, by the use of certain intuitive, non-parametric assumptions, tight bounds on the moments of this first passage time random variable are obtained.