Title: Automotive powertrain reliability modelling using an idea algebra

Authors: Andas Amrin; Christos Spitas; Georgios Vasileiou; Vasileios Spitas

Addresses: School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan ' School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan ' School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece ' School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Abstract: This paper presents a reliability modelling framework for automotive powertrains using a specially developed algebra, where all powertrain components and design and performance parameters are represented as formal computational objects of an idea class. Unlike previous known frameworks for reliability modelling, such as FMEA, FTA or FBS, the present study constructs the reliability model of a given powertrain topology from the topology only and does not require manual input of constitutive/performance equations, or the definition of a hierarchy of failure events. This tool is particularly useful in early stages of the design process, where the reliability of several alternative topologies may need to be evaluated a priori but a full-scale FMEA, FTA or FBS analysis would be impractical.

Keywords: reliability analysis; risk assessment; idea algebra; FMEA; fault tree analysis; FTA; Function-behaviour-state; FBS.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPT.2019.101185

International Journal of Powertrains, 2019 Vol.8 No.3, pp.191 - 223

Available online: 09 Jul 2019 *

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