Published Online: 15 JUN 2010
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Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science
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Zuo, M. J. and Tian, Z. 2010. k-out-of-n Systems. Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science.
- Published Online: 15 JUN 2010
In this article, we focus on the k-out-of-n system structure. This structure is a widely used type of redundancy in both industrial and military systems. In the binary k-out-of-n system models, it is assumed that the system and the components can take only two possible states, completely working or totally failed. In the multistate k-out-of-n system and the weighted multistate k-out-of-n system models, it is assumed that the system and the components can take multiple discrete states. For all these k-out-of-n system models, algorithms for evaluation of the system state distribution are investigated given component state distributions are investigated.
- binary k-out-of-n systems;
- multistate k-out-of-n systems;
- component state distribution;
- reliability evaluation;
- weighed multistate k-out-of-n systems