To control the risk of severe core damage during a commercial nuclear power
station blackout accident,
the reliability of the emergency diesel generators to start on demand must
be maintained at a high level.
The paper ``Empirical Bayes estimation of the reliability of nuclear-power
emergency diesel generators'' (1996)
contains data on the failure history of seven nuclear power plants.
The variable C1
is the number of successful demands between
failures for the diesel generators at one of these plants from 1982 to 1988.
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