# Weibull Analysis

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Weibull Analysis
Background: The resulting analysis provides estimates for the Weibull shape parameter, β, and characteristic life, η. The reliability and hazard rate can be determined estimated at a specific point in time (x) using the derived β and η. Using these parameters, the Weibull distribution can then be used to model many different failure distributions. The two-parameter Weibull distribution probability density function, reliability function and hazard rate are given by:

Probability Density Function

Reliability Function

Hazard Rate

A three-parameter Weibull Distribution also includes a location parameter, sometimes termed failure free life. For these cases, t in the above above equations is replaced by t-δ. The characteristic life, η, is the point where 63.2% percent of the population will have failed. This is true regardless of the shape parameter (β) chosen. The following shape parameter characteristics are noted: β = 1.0 : Exponential distribution, constant failure rate β = 3.5 : Normal distribution (approximation) β < 1.0 : Decreasing failure (hazard) rate β > 1.0 : Increasing failure (hazard) rate Median ranks are calculated using the following equation.

Median Rank Equation

where: j is the failure order n is the sample size Data that contains non-failed items is termed "censored," or "suspended" test data. For this type of data adjusted ranking, or ordered points, are calculated and used to calculate F(t), the cumulative fraction failed. This modified order is then used for j in the above median rank equation. The column labled Increment in the table is calculated using the following equation.

Increment Equation

where:

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