RESEARCH PAPERS: Reliability and Failure Analysis

A Distribution-Independent Plotting Rule for Ordered Failures

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C. R. Mischke

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Ames, Iowa 50011

J. Mech. Des 104(3), 593-597 (Jul 01, 1982) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3256391 History: Received November 01, 1979; Online November 17, 2009


Various plotting rules have been developed for associating a cumulative density, Fi , or a reliability, Ri , with an ordered life measure, xi . These suffer from various biases when rules formulated for one distribution family are used with another. The plotting rationale presented 1) is distribution independent, 2) frees the plotter from tabular information while retaining high precision, 3) easily accommodates to censored data, and 4) suggests the proper regression model.

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