Reliability, Maintainability and Risk 8e: Practical Methods for Engineers including Reliability Centred Maintenance and Safety-Related Systems

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Elsevier, Jun 29, 2011 - Technology & Engineering - 436 pages
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Reliability, Maintainability and Risk: Practical Methods for Engineers, Eighth Edition, discusses tools and techniques for reliable and safe engineering, and for optimizing maintenance strategies. It emphasizes the importance of using reliability techniques to identify and eliminate potential failures early in the design cycle. The focus is on techniques known as RAMS (reliability, availability, maintainability, and safety-integrity).
The book is organized into five parts. Part 1 on reliability parameters and costs traces the history of reliability and safety technology and presents a cost-effective approach to quality, reliability, and safety. Part 2 deals with the interpretation of failure rates, while Part 3 focuses on the prediction of reliability and risk. Part 4 discusses design and assurance techniques; review and testing techniques; reliability growth modeling; field data collection and feedback; predicting and demonstrating repair times; quantified reliability maintenance; and systematic failures. Part 5 deals with legal, management and safety issues, such as project management, product liability, and safety legislation.

  • 8th edition of this core reference for engineers who deal with the design or operation of any safety critical systems, processes or operations
  • Answers the question: how can a defect that costs less than $1000 dollars to identify at the process design stage be prevented from escalating to a $100,000 field defect, or a $1m+ catastrophe
  • Revised throughout, with new examples, and standards, including must have material on the new edition of global functional safety standard IEC 61508, which launches in 2010

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    Part 2 Interpreting Failure Rates
    Part 3 Predicting Reliability and Risk
    Part 4 Achieving Reliabilityand Maintainability
    Part 5 Legal Management and Safety Considerations
    Appendix 1 Glossary
    Appendix 2 Percentage Points of theChiSquare Distribution
    Appendix 3 Microelectronics Failure Rates
    Appendix 4 General Failure Rates
    Appendix 6 Human Error Probabilities
    Appendix 7 Fatality rates
    Appendix 8 Answers to Exercises
    Appendix 10 Scoring Criteria for BETAPLUS Common Cause Model
    Appendix 11 Example of HAZOP
    Appendix 12 HAZID Checklist
    Appendix 13 Markov Analysis of Redundant Systems

    Appendix 5 Failure mode percentages

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    About the author (2011)

    Dr. David J Smith BSc, PhD, CEng, FIEE, HonFSaRS, FIQA, MIGasE, has been directly concerned with reliability, safety and software quality for 30 years. He has written a number of books on the subject as well as numerous papers. His PhD thesis was on the subject of reliability prediction accuracy and common cause failure. He chairs the IGasE panel which develops its guidelines on safety-related systems (now in its third edition). He has also made contributions to IEC 61508.

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