Reliability Distributions

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Failures over time for certain electronics products have been modeled by probability distribution functions, , of at least three types: lognormal, exponential and Weibull. This Demonstration shows how the probability distribution functions appear with varying values of the parameters ( and for the lognormal, for the exponential, and α and β for the Weibull distributions). The shapes of the cumulative failure distribution functions, , for these failure distributions are also shown. Also shown are curves for the hazard rate, or the instantaneous failure rate, = , which is the ratio of the failure distribution to the so-called survival distribution, . Note that for proper selection of the parameters, the exponential distribution is a special case of the Weibull distribution.

Contributed by: Joe O'Hara (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



The lognormal failure distribution model is: .

The exponential failure distribution model is: .

The Weibull failure distribution model is: .

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