Title: Implementation of AHP-based reliability allocation for control and monitoring subsystem

Authors: Azam Eidi; Fatemeh Mozaffari; Leila Mohammadi; Mohammad Mehdi Talebi; Reza Omidi

Addresses: Iran Telecommunication Research Center, Tehran, Iran ' Iran Telecommunication Research Center, Tehran, Iran ' Iran Telecommunication Research Center, Tehran, Iran ' Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran ' Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran

Abstract: Reliability Allocation (RA) is a method for apportionment of reliability values amongst various subsystems and components to achieve a given system reliability target at design stage. RA methods are based on experts' reliability weighting for each subsystem, which is inaccurate for a practical reliability allocation. In this paper, we have proposed a method in which the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) is used as a tool for reliability allocation. Using this technique, we are able to consider all criteria which have effect on reliability. Moreover, by reducing complex decisions to a series of pairwise comparisons, and then synthesising the results, the AHP helps to capture both subjective and objective aspects of a decision and reduce the bias in the decision-making process. The proposed algorithm has been implemented on the control and monitoring subsystem of typical communication satellite payload and the results of the evaluation indicate the efficiency of this method.

Keywords: reliability; reliability allocation; AHP; analytic hierarchy process; FOO; feasibility of objectives; control and monitoring; ME-OWA; maximal entropy ordered weighted averaging; failure rate; MTBF; FIT; communication payload.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRS.2017.10010846

International Journal of Reliability and Safety, 2017 Vol.11 No.3/4, pp.268 - 278

Received: 29 Jul 2017
Accepted: 15 Nov 2017

Published online: 07 Feb 2018 *

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