Design of optimum component test plans in the demonstration of diverse system performance measures

Yamangil E., ALTINEL İ. K. , Cekyay B., FEYZİOĞLU O., Ozekici S.

IIE TRANSACTIONS, vol.43, no.7, pp.535-546, 2011 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/0740817x.2010.523768
  • Journal Name: IIE TRANSACTIONS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.535-546


While component-level tests have many advantages over system-level tests, the actual protection offered in making inferences about system reliability is not the same as what is expected. Thus, a significant proportion of research has concentrated on the design of system-based component test plans that also have minimum cost. This article extends those previous studies by considering two additional system performance measures: expected system lifetime and system availability. After explicitly expressing these performance measures as a function of failure rates for various system types, the component testing problem is formulated as a semi-infinite linear programming problem and solved with a column generation technique incorporating signomial geometric programming. Several numerical examples are presented that provide insight on the model parameters.