On The Use of The Extreme Value Distribution in Reliability Analysis and Design

[+] Author and Article Information
P. H. Wirsching

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, The University of Arizona, Tuscon, Ariz.

L. H. Jones

U. S. Army, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.

J. Eng. Ind 98(3), 1080-1085 (Aug 01, 1976) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3439011 History: Received June 17, 1975; Online July 15, 2010


Use of the Type 1 Extreme Value Distribution of Maxima to design engineering problems is reviewed. Results of a Monte Carlo study of the statistical behavior of the distribution parameter estimators are summarized. The study compares behavior of the method of moment and maximum likelihood estimators, and the results suggest that the method of moment estimators, a simpler algorithm, is but slightly less efficient than the maximum likelihood estimators. An example is given to illustrate how a design engineer uses these results to translate observations into an estimate of “reliability” or “risk”. Moreover, a scheme for obtaining approximate confidence intervals on reliability is presented.

Copyright © 1976 by ASME
Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.





Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related Journal Articles
Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In