Reliability of Mechanical Parts & Systems. Customer: ESA
In the current approaches and practices for reliability assessment emphasis is given to the electronic elements of a system (EEE Parts). Moreover, when addressing the reliability of mechanical parts, the models and assumptions typically used for the reliability assessment of electronic systems and parts (e.g. constant failure rates throughout the useful life of the system/part) have a limited validity.
The objective of the study was to define the most suitable methods to analyse and assess the reliability of mechanical systems and parts and to provide methods and procedures for reliability verification by testing. The results of the study will be used by ESA as input for the development of a "handbook on reliability assessment of mechanical systems and parts".
Space Structures provided the following system engineering services:
- Analysis and Assessment of existing Reliability Approaches for Mechanical Systems and Parts
- Development of new approaches for reliability analysis where no methods are available yet
- Application of the developed reliability approaches to selected case studies