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The Reliability Engineering Toolbox

What are Reliability Block Diagram Models?

Reliability block diagram (RBD) models are graphical representations of a calculation methodology for reliability systems.

Why use Reliability Block Diagram Models?

The Reliability block diagram models allow calculation of system reliability based on knowing/assuming failure details of the components starting with the least component and growing the model to the greatest system to predict performance from the elements.

When to use Reliability Block Diagram Models?

Reliability block diagrams are used in upfront designs as a performance parameter and after the system is constructed to ferret out poor performing blocks that limit the system performance.

Where to use Reliability Block Diagram Models?

Frequently used as a trade-off tool to search for the lowest long cost of ownership and to help sell alternative courses of action for moderating the effects of reliability issues or overcoming the poor performance by alternative designs where the results can be calculated before building the system as the results of the calculations provide knowledge about availability, maintenance interventions required for failures, and the number of spare parts required to sustain operations. For other definitions see MIL-HDBK-338, section 4 and 6.

These definitions are written by H. Paul Barringer

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Paul Barringer

Paul Barringer, is a reliability, manufacturing, and engineering consultant. His worldwide consulting practice involves, reliability consulting, and training with a variety of discrete and continuous process manufacturing companies and service industries.

He has more than fifty years of engineering and manufacturing experience in design, production, quality, maintenance, and reliability of technical products. His experience includes both technical and bottom-line aspects of operating a business with an understanding of how reliable products and processes contribute to financial business success.

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