Laser System Reliability
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A study was conducted to develop techniques for considering reliability in the HEL High Energy Laser program at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory. This effort was specifically oriented toward developing reliability methodologies rather than toward performing complete reliability analyses with accurate numerical predictions. A reliability model was developed and a sufficiently detailed failure data base was established to allow application of the model to the three principal HEL systems under consideration the GDL gas dynamic laser, the CL chemical laser, and the EDL electrical discharge laser. Then methodologies were developed for treating the interactions of reliability with such closely related factors as life cycle cost and combat effectiveness. This philosophy has resulted in a study with an extremely wide scope, but with a very low level of detail.
- Lasers and Masers
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems