|M.Sc Student||David Lilach|
|Subject||Sequential Test for Reliability under Allowance for|
|Department||Department of Quality Assurance and Reliability||Supervisors||Dr. Yefim Haim Michlin|
|Professor Dov Ingman|
|Full Thesis text|
Theme - a comparison test which involves a check of the hypothesis that the Mean Time Between Failures of a "new" item (MTBFn) - or the mean time to failure (MTTFn) - is not less that of a counterpart taken as basis for comparison (MTBFb or MTTFb ). It is assumed that the MTBF is distributed exponentially and that information is available on a known quantity (rb) of TBF's for the basic item. The Sequential Probability Ratio Test (SPRT) is widely used for checking that an MTBF is not less than a specified value. Here, the innovation is that allowance is made for the uncertainty in the MTBFb estimate, which increases as rb decreases. Accordingly, a search algorithm was developed for the decision boundaries in the proposed test, as well as for calculating the Operating Characteristic (OC), and the statistical parameters of the test duration and number of failures to stopping the test. Approximative relationships were obtained for the above, depending on the target OC. These straightforward relationships not only simplify the planning process, but will convince the reliability engineer of the indispensability of allowing for the above uncertainty, and of the effectiveness of the proposed test.