How can I incorporate data from my Lambda
Predict 3 prediction into my BlockSim analysis?
version 7.0.8 and later, you can add blocks that represent
components or configurations that you have analyzed using
Lambda Predict 3
(version 3.0.2 and later) in one of three ways:
- Adding items from a Lambda Predict 3 file to a
diagram: To do this, choose Diagram > Import Items from Lambda Predict.
In the Import Lambda Predict Items window that appears,
choose a Lambda Predict 3 file (*.lp3), select the item(s)
that you want the new block(s) to represent and click
Import. A new block will be added to the diagram for each top level
item (i.e. system, subsystem or component) that you select
to import. If you selected a system, a single subdiagram
block representing that system will be added to the diagram.
Additional diagrams will be added to the project as
necessary to represent its subsystems and their components.
Parallel configurations at the system/subsystem level, which
Lambda Predict models using redundancy, are modeled in
BlockSim using nodes.
- Specifying a block’s failure rate by
importing the failure rate from Lambda Predict 3: You
can import a failure rate from an analysis performed in
Lambda Predict 3 by clicking the Lambda Predict icon on the
Failure Distribution page of the Reliability tab in
Block Properties window (similar to
how Weibull++ and ALTA parameters are imported).
- Adding a template containing components from a
Lambda Predict 3 file:
You can add a Template that contains component information
from Lambda Predict 3. To do this, choose Project >
Add Template From Lambda Predict. The new Template
will appear in the Template Panel and the Import Lambda
Predict Items window will appear. Choose a Lambda Predict 3
file (*.lp3) and then select the component(s) that you want
in the Template and click Import. If you
select a system or subsystem in the Import Lambda Predict
Items window, all dependent components will be imported to
the Template. When importing to templates, only components
are imported. Systems/subsystems are not imported.
Note that failure rate values from files
created in Lambda Predict version 3.0.1 may not be imported
correctly. It is recommended that you open the Lambda
Predict file once in version 3.0.2 or later before you initiate the import. For more
information about any of these procedures, refer to
the BlockSim 7 Online Help.
What features are available to help me build
equations in RENO?
All equation-enabled windows in
RENO, such as
the Block Properties window and the Function window,
provide "intelligent" features to help you save time and
avoid errors when building equations. These include:
you press CTRL+SPACE while building an equation,
RENO provides a list of recognized variables and
functions. You can then select the desired item from
Color Coding: As you type, RENO
automatically color-codes recognized variables,
functions and operands to make it easy for you to
spot typing errors, undefined variables, unmatched
Variable Preview: RENO provides a
summary of the properties of each defined variable
that you use in your equations and allows you to
view/edit the full definition with the click of a
Built-In Functions: RENO includes
built-in functions for the following areas:
Engineering, Math/Trigonometry, Financial,
Statistical and Logical. When building an equation,
you can select one of these functions and RENO
provides fields with the required inputs, making it
easy for you to set the parameter values.
By using these features, you can make the building of
equations go smoothly and easily.