With this technique, it is possible to generate and analyze extremely complex diagrams representing the behavior of many subsystems, subsubsystems etc. In Figure 9, Subdiagram Block A in the top diagram represents the series configuration of the subsystem reflected in the middle diagram, while Subdiagram Block G in the middle diagram represents the series configuration of the subsubsystem in the bottom diagram.
By using Multi Blocks, a single block can represent multiple identical blocks in series or in parallel configuration.
These elementary configurations form the basis of the reliability block diagram constructs.
If one takes the approach a step further, “Complex” block diagrams can be created.
The container concept can be expanded to also represent load sharing configurations.