Analysis of the Reliability Disparity and Reliability Growth Analysis of a Combat System Using AMSAA Extended Reliability Growth Models
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The first part of this thesis seeks to identify and analyze which aspects of the MIL-HDBK-217 prediction model are causing the large variation between prediction and field reliability. The key findings of a literature review suggest that the main reason for the inaccuracy in prediction is because the constant failure rate assumption used in MIL-HDBK-217 is usually not applicable. Secondly, even if the constant failure rate assumption is applicable, the disparity may still exist in the presence of design and quality-related problems in new systems. A possible solution is to apply reliability growth testing RGT to new systems during the development phase in an attempt to remove these design deficiencies so that the systems reliability will grow and approach the predicted value. In view of the importance of RGT in minimizing the disparity, this thesis provides a detailed application of the U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity AMSAA Extended Reliability Growth Models to the reliability growth analysis of a 155 mm SPH artillery gun. It shows how program managers can analyze test data using commercial software to estimate the system-demonstrated reliability and the increase in reliability due to delayed fixes.
- Theoretical Mathematics
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems