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A New Family of Life Distributions
Z. W. Birnbaum and S. C. Saunders
Journal of Applied Probability
Vol. 6, No. 2 (Aug., 1969), pp. 319-327
Published by: Applied Probability Trust
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3212003
Page Count: 9
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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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