Design for Component Reliability: A New Challenge for the Control Systems Analyst?

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J. W. Brewer

University of California at Davis, Davis, Calif.

L. M. Gordon

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Davis, Davis, Calif.

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 96(1), 41-48 (Mar 01, 1974) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3426773 History: Received August 09, 1973; Online July 13, 2010


The authors demonstrate that if feedback control and component reliability design criteria are considered simultaneously, significant gains in reliability may result. The discussion begins with a tutorial introduction to probabilistic design for reliability. Simple examples are employed to illustrate the analytical tie between feedback control and component reliability. In the case of modal control, it is demonstrated that fast response and component reliability are competing criteria. The question of system (as opposed to component) reliability is discussed in a succeeding paper.

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