Use of Game Theory to Derive an Optimum Shock Test from Field Data 620316

Although a mechanical shock test machine is usually used to determine whether equipment is rugged enough for service in the field, the numerous uncertainties involved in the choice of a test level result in unsatisfactory test criteria. Therefore, engineering judgment plays a major part in reachinga practical solution. Unfortunately “judgment” is subject to challenge in such areas as design and factors of safety. This paper suggests that this approach should be replaced with statistical decision theory and shows how the newer and more rational method can be applied to selection of test levels.


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