Desktop Failure Analysis on a Microcomputer Using Weibull, Lognormal, and Renewal Data

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J. L. Byers

Naval Air Development Center, Warminster, PA 18974

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 112(2), 233-236 (Apr 01, 1990) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2906168 History: Received February 01, 1989; Online April 24, 2008


Gas turbine components and parts are widely known to have many failure modes for which the failures correlate in either the Weibull or Lognormal probability distributions. This paper describes a typical case, which is handled by the new computer programs now being used by the U. S. Navy. These programs have brought the capability to make such analyses directly to the designer or analyst’s desk instead of having to be sent off to a central computer to wait in line. The programs are interactive with the user and extremely user friendly. Uses are expanding to cover almost every area in the life cycle of gas turbines where it would be beneficial to forecast future failures. This makes the programs useful to managers, logisticians, life cycle cost analysts, and a host of others. Wide applicability of the methods assures usage outside of the gas turbine field.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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