## Reliability, Life Testing and the Prediction of Service Lives: For Engineers and ScientistsThe prerequisite for reading this text is a calculus based course in Probability and Mathematical Statistics, along with the usual curricularmathematical requi- ments for every science major. For graduate students from disciplines other than mathematical sciences much advantage, viz., both insight and mathematical - turity, is gained by having had experience quantifying the assurance for safety of structures, operability of systems or health of persons. It is presumed that each student will have some familiarity with Mathematica or Maple or better yet also have available some survival analysis software such as S Plus or R, to handle the computations with the data sets. This material has been selected under the conviction that the most practical aid any investigator can have is a good theory. The course is intended for p- sons who will, during their professional life, be concerned with the 'theoretical' aspects of applied science. This implies consulting with industrial mathema- cians/statisticians' lead engineers in various fields, physcists, chemists, material scientists and other technical specialists who are collaborating to solve some d- ficult technological/scientific problem. Accordingly, there are sections devoted to the deportment of applied mathematicians during consulting. This corresponds to the 'bedside manner' of physicians and is a important aspect of professionalism. |

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### Contents

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CHAPTER 2 Elements of Reliability | 10 |

CHAPTER 3 Partitions and Selection | 26 |

CHAPTER 4 Coherent Systems | 44 |

CHAPTER 5 Applicable Life Distributions | 75 |

CHAPTER 6 Philosophy Science and Sense | 89 |

CHAPTER 7 Nonparametric Life Estimators | 114 |

CHAPTER 8 Weibull Analysis | 128 |

CHAPTER 11 Analysis of Dispersion | 194 |

CHAPTER 12 Damage Processes | 214 |

CHAPTER 13 Service Life of Structures | 240 |

CHAPTER 14 Strength and Durability | 258 |

CHAPTER 15 Maintenance of Systems | 273 |

CHAPTER 16 Mathematical Appendix | 289 |

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CHAPTER 9 Examine Data Diagnose and Consult | 148 |

CHAPTER 10 Cumulative Damage Distributions | 160 |

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