A classical result due to Daniels is that the strength of a bundle of parallel fibres is asymptotically normally distributed. Extensions of this result are obtained and applied to a series-parallel model consisting of a long chain of bundles arranged in series. This model is of importance in studying the reliability of fibrous materials. Improved approximations are also obtained which reduce the error associated with Daniels' approximation both for the single bundle and for the series-parallel system.
"The Asymptotic Distribution of the Strength of a Series-Parallel System with Equal Load-Sharing." Ann. Probab. 10 (1) 137 - 171, February, 1982. https://doi.org/10.1214/aop/1176993919