Optimized estimation of the Weibull distribution parameters

Kim Wallin

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    The Weibull distribution is extensively used in analysing brittle materials such as ceramics. Usually the distribution is fitted to data sets based on less than 50 specimens. This number of specimens is so small that the reliability of the fit can become questionable. The fit can also be unreliable due to the fact that there exists a large number of different methods to determine the Weibull parameters, all of which yield different results. Therefore, it is imperative to use a method yielding optimum reliability for the parameters. In this report the accuracy of different methods for determining the Weibull distribution parameters are compared. A bias corrected maximum likelihood estimation method is presented, and it is proposed that this method is used for analysis of brittle materials.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Print)951-38-3414-X
    Publication statusPublished - 1989
    MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

    Publication series

    SeriesValtion teknillinen tutkimuskeskus. Tutkimuksia - Research Reports


    • mechanical properties
    • ceramics
    • statistical analysis


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