The paper presents a computationally efficient method for system reliability analysis of mechanisms. The reliability is defined as the probability that the output error remains within a specified limit in the entire target trajectory of the mechanism. This mechanism reliability problem is formulated as a series system reliability analysis that can be solved using the distribution of maximum output error. The extreme event distribution is derived using the principle maximum entropy (MaxEnt) along with the constraints specified in terms of fractional moments. To optimize the computation of fractional moments of a multivariate response function, a multiplicative form of dimensional reduction method (M-DRM) is developed. The main benefit of the proposed approach is that it provides full probability distribution of the maximal output error from a very few evaluations of the trajectory of mechanism. The proposed method is illustrated by analyzing the system reliability analysis of two planar mechanisms. Examples presented in the paper show that the results of the proposed method are fairly accurate as compared with the benchmark results obtained from the Monte Carlo simulations.
Computationally Efficient Reliability Analysis of Mechanisms Based on a Multiplicative Dimensional Reduction Method
Contributed by the Mechanisms and Robotics Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL DESIGN. Manuscript received October 25, 2012; final manuscript received November 12, 2013; published online April 17, 2014. Assoc. Editor: Xiaoping Du.
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Zhang, X., Pandey, M. D., and Zhang, Y. (April 17, 2014). "Computationally Efficient Reliability Analysis of Mechanisms Based on a Multiplicative Dimensional Reduction Method." ASME. J. Mech. Des. June 2014; 136(6): 061006. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4026270
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