A method for the reliability and the availability prediction of main stop valve and control valve systems of steam turbines is presented. The calculation models for the reliability and the availability of series, parallel and series-parallel systems of main stop valves and control valves are introduced. The reliability block diagrams, the availability block diagrams, formulas for the reliability prediction and the availability prediction of systems with 2 main stop valves and 2 control valves, 2 main stop valves and 4 control valves, 2 main stop valves and 6 control valves, 4 main stop valves and 4 control valves are given together with some examples. The mathematical model for the reliability and the availability prediction method of main stop valve and control valve systems of steam turbine is simple and the physical meaning is definite. The reliability and availability of main stop valve and control valve systems can be quantitatively already calculated and improved during the design stage. A basis is thus provided for the reliability and the availability design of main stop valve and control valve systems of steam turbines.

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