Maxim Finkelstein, Ji Hwan Cha

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The new reliability notion describing the remaining lifetime is introduced for items with monotonically increasing degradation. We consider the remaining lifetime of an item (to be called, the predicted remaining lifetime) after its degradation reaches the predetermined level. The prediction is executed at inception of an item into operation. For the nonhomogeneous stochastic processes of degradation, this characteristic depends on the random first passage time of a degradation process. Some properties of the predicted remaining lifetime and the corresponding stochastic comparisons are discussed for items from homogeneous and heterogeneous populations, and a generalization to the case of the n-component coherent system is outlined. The problem of regime switching is described, and the new notion of the corresponding virtual age after the switching is proposed.


  • first passage time
  • gamma process
  • stochastic comparisons
  • virtual age


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