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ANALYSIS - TOPIC A10 Topic A9: Redundancy Equations Many military electronic systems readiness and availability requirements exceed the level of reliability to which a serial chain system can be practically designed. Use of high quality parts, a sound thermal design and extensive stress derating may not be enough. Fault tolerance, or the ability of a system design to tolerate a failure or degradation without system failure, is required. The most common form of fault tolerance is redundancy where additional, usually identical, units are added to a system in parallel with the other units. Because this situation is very common, the reliability equations for common redundancy situations are included below. The following represents a sample list of specific redundancy relationships which define failure rate as a function of the specific type of redundancy employed. For a comprehensive treatment of redundancy concepts and the reliability improvements achievable through their applications see RADC-TR-77-287, "A Redundancy Notebook." ROME LABORATORY RELIABILITY ENGINEER'S TOOLKIT 89

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