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Author(s): Eusébio Nunes
José António Faria
Manuel Matos
Title: A comparative analysis of dependability assessment methodologies for markovian and non-markovian systems
Issue Date: 2002
Abstract: This paper presents a comparative analysis of several reliability evaluation methodologies for discrete-state markovian, semi-markovian, and non-markoviansystems, and discusses the situations where the use of each one of these approaches seems to be the more appropriate one. The first part of the paper reviewsthese three classes of systems, along with the mathematical foundations of the corresponding evaluation methodologies. The emphasis is put on continuousMarkov processes and embedded Markov chains, respectively, for markovian and semi-markovian systems. For non-markovian systems, the device of stagesand the DepCim methodologies will be introduced together with the Monte Carlo simulation techniques. The second part of the paper analyses the errorintroduced in the reliability indexes when the system under study contains non-exponential but, for evaluation purposes, is adopted the usual assumption that thesystems has a markovian behaviour pattern, i.e. all their processes have exponential distributions so that the transition rates between states are constant. In thefinal part of the paper, a set of heuristic rules will be proposed allowing to foresee, from the structure of the models and the distributions of their individualprocesses, the situations where the error is more likely to be significant, so that a non-markovian evaluation methodology should be employed.
Subject: Outras ciências da engenharia e tecnologias
Other engineering and technologies
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Outras ciências da engenharia e tecnologias
Engineering and technology::Other engineering and technologies
Source: Proceedings ESREL 2002 - European Safety and Reliability Conference
Document Type: Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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