Suppose that there are two brands of replacement components, Brand X and Brand Y, and that for political reasons a company buys a replacements of both types. When a Brand X component fails it is replaced with a new Brand Y component and vice-versa. The lifetimes (measured in thousands of hours) of Brand X components are uniform on [1,2] and the Brand Y components have lifetimes that are uniform on [1,3]. Answer the following questions for large time t.
a) What is the probability that the current component is Brand X?
b) What is the distribution of the age of the current component?
c) What is the distribution of the total lifetime of the current component?
d) Would these answers be different if instead of alternating the brands they used the rule that when a component fails they randomly choose a Brand X or Brand Y component with probability 1/2 for each?
This question is given from the section of Renewal Processes but its one of the challenging question. I'm trying to do these questions as practice for my exam and I would really appreciate it if someone could help me out.
Thanks in advance.