The Usefulness of Complete Lattices in Reliability Theory



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Montero, Javier and Cappelle, Bart and Kerre, Etienne E. (1995) The Usefulness of Complete Lattices in Reliability Theory. In Reliability and Safety Analyses under Fuzziness. Studies in Fuzziness (4). Physica-Verlag HD, pp. 95-110. ISBN 978-3-662-12913-5

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The main aim of this paper is to show how lattice theory in the very next future will be a useful tool in analysing complex real reliability problems, not properly modelled within classical reliability theory. The introduction of a complete lattice as a state space appears not only of theoretical importance that allows to understand several phenomena with respect to reliability theory better, but as a need claimed from practical engineering. Two important topics are discussed in this general framework: incomparability of component and system states and the duality principle. The strong relationship between the ideas of fuzzy set theory and the ideas that led to the introduction of the theory of multistate structure functions will become clear.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Complete lattices; Multistate structure functions; Non-binary reliability theory.
Subjects:Sciences > Mathematics > Operations research
ID Code:29462
Deposited On:13 Apr 2015 10:40
Last Modified:22 Apr 2016 13:20

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