Improved inverse Gaussian process and bootstrap: Degradation and reliability metrics

Jingbo Guo, Changxi Wang, Javier Cabrera, Elsayed A. Elsayed

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The inverse Gaussian (IG) process is commonly used in modeling monotonically increasing degradation processes. Traditional degradation modeling considers the process parameters as functions of time and environmental conditions. However, in many practical situations, the degradation increment in the next time interval may depend on degradation state at the current time interval. Therefore, in this paper, we propose an improved inverse Gaussian (IIG) process which considers the dependency between degradation increments and prior degradation states. Reliability metrics of the IIG process are estimated and validated using crack length growth data as well as simulated degradation data. Results show that the proposed model provides more accurate reliability metrics than the IG process model. Bootstrap of degradation increments or detrended degradation increments is introduced as a supplementary method to estimate the remaining life probability interval.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-277
Number of pages9
JournalReliability Engineering and System Safety
StatePublished - Oct 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


  • Bootstrap
  • Degradation
  • Improved inverse Gaussian process
  • Reliability
  • Remaining life


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