The importance measure is a crucial method to identify and evaluate the system weak link. It is widely used in the optimization design and maintenance decision of aviation, aerospace, nuclear energy and other systems. The dissimilar redundancy actuation system (DRAS) is a key aircraft control subsystem which performs aircraft attitude and flight trajectory control. Its performance and reliability directly affect the aircraft flight quality and flight safety. This paper considers the influence of the Birnbaum importance measure (BIM) and integrated importance measure (IIM) on the reliability changes of key components in DRAS. The differences of physical fault characteristics of different components due to performance degradation and power mismatch, are first considered. The reliability of each component in the system is then estimated by assuming that the stochastic degradation process of the DRAS components follows an inverse Gaussian (IG) process. Finally, the weak links of the system are identified using BIM and IIM, so that the resources can be reasonably allocated to the weak links during the maintenance period. The proposed method can provide a technical support for personnel maintenance, in order to improve the system reliability with a minimal lifecycle cost.
Original Publication Citation
Zhang, Y., Zhang, C., Wang, S., Chen, R., & Tomovic, M. M. (2022). Performance degradation based on importance change and application in dissimilar redundancy actuation system. Mathematics, 10(5), 1-15 Article 843. https://doi.org/10.3390/math10050843
Zhang, Yadong; Zhang, Chao; Wang, Shaoping; Chen, Rentong; and Tomovic, Mileta M., "Performance Degradation Based on Importance Change and Application in Dissimilar Redundancy Actuation System" (2022). Engineering Technology Faculty Publications. 152.