Lz-transform and Inverse Lz-transform Application to Dynamic Reliability Assessment for Multi-state System  
Author A. Lisnianski


Co-Author(s) Y. Ding


Abstract The paper presents a new method for reliability assessment for complex multi-state system. The system and its components can have different performance levels ranging from perfect functioning to complete failure. Straightforward Markov method applied to solve the problem will require building of the system model with great number of states and solving a corresponding system of differential equations. Lztransform method, which is used for reliability assessment drastically simplified the solution. Instead of straightforward finding of the resulting output stochastic process for entire MSS in the paper proposed finding Lz-transform of this output process, which is essentially simpler because of using Ushakov's universal generating operator. Some reliability indices such as availability, expected performance, etc. may be found from the expression of this Lz-transform. In order to find other indices such as reliability function, mean time to failure etc. inverse LZ-transform is using that completely reveals underlying output process.


Keywords reliability, multi-state system, Lz-transform, inverse Lz-transform, universal generating function
    Article #:  2011
Proceedings of the 20th ISSAT International Conference on Reliability and Quality in Design
August 7-9, 2014 - Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.