A General Framework for Infrastructure System Reliability Modelling and Analysis

Payam Mokhtarian, Mohammad-Reza Namazi-Rad, Tin Kin Ho
2014 Proceedings of the International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure   unpublished
An infrastructure system is inherently complex, with layers of both defined and subtle interfaces with other infrastructure systems and human users. High availability is desired, which implies stringent requirements on reliability and safety. Reliability analysis typically starts at component or sub-system level and aggregates through the system functional hierarchy. Because of the system complexity, incorporating occurrences of all possible interactions and scenarios is not always practical
more » ... failure data is often limited. Moreover, there are unobserved events among the sub-systems distributing either randomly or with temporal trend. To facilitate reliability analysis amid the complex environment and uncertain data, this paper proposes a general framework on modelling and aggregating reliability for complex systems with distinctive statistical approaches. The underlying principles will be illustrated and the suitability of the proposed techniques with respect to the data available will be discussed. This study contributes to the assurance of life-long productivity of infrastructure systems.
doi:10.14453/isngi2013.proc.32 fatcat:gqasibbasvetnhrzym2befsphm