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A new family of life distributions

  • Z.W. Birnbaum (a1) and S.C. Saunders (a2)

A new two parameter family of life length distributions is presented which is derived from a model for fatigue. This derivation follows from considerations of renewal theory for the number of cycles needed to force a fatigue crack extension to exceed a critical value. Some closure properties of this family are given and some comparisons made with other families such as the lognormal which have been previously used in fatigue studies.

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Journal of Applied Probability
  • ISSN: 0021-9002
  • EISSN: 1475-6072
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