In this paper we study the limiting behavior of the hazard rate function of a coherent system whose components are independent and have discrete lifetimes. The lifetime of the system can be viewed as the lifetime of a parallel system consisting of the series systems obtained from the minimal paths of . If we appropriately interpret the ‘strongest’ minimal path(s) of the system , it will be shown that the limit of the hazard rate functions of is the same as that of the ‘strongest’ path(s) of . The application of the main results are also provided. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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