A practical guide to the techniques engineers need to understand and apply to reduce process design and operation defects and failures
Part 1: Understanding Reliability Parameters and Costs 1. The History of Reliability and Safety Technology 2. Understanding Terms and Jargon 3. A Cost-Effective Approach to Quality, Reliability and Safety Part 2: Interpreting Failure Rates 4. Realistic Failure Rates and Prediction Confidence 5. Interpreting Data and Demonstrating Reliability 6. Variable Failure Rates and Probability Plotting Part 3: Predicting Reliability and Risk 7. Basic Reliability Prediction Theory 8. Methods of Modeling 9. Quantifying the Reliability Models 10. Risk Assessment (QRA) Part 4: Achieving Reliability and Maintainability 11. Design and Assurance Techniques 12. Design Review, Test and Reliability Growth 13. Field Data Collection and Feedback 14. Factors Influencing Down Time 15. Predicting and Demonstrating Repair Times 16. Quantified Reliability Centered Maintenance 17. Systematic Failures, Especially Software Part 5: Legal, Management and Safety Considerations 18. Project Management and Competence 19. Contract Clauses and Their Pitfalls 20. Product Liability and Safety Legislation 21. Major Incident Legislation 22. Integrity of Safety-Related Systems 23. A Case Study: The Datamet Project 24. A Case Study: Gas Detection System 25. A Case Study: Pressure Control System 26. Helicopter Incidents and Risk Assessment Appendix 1: Glossary Appendix 2: Percentage Points of the Chi-Square Distribution Appendix 3: Microelectronic Failure Rates Appendix 4: General Failure Rates Appendix 5: Failure Mode Percentages Appendix 6: Human Error Probabilities Appendix 7: Fatality Rates Appendix 8: Answers to Exercises Appendix 9: Bibliography 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 14: Calculating the GDF
Dr David J Smith is the Proprietor of Technis Consultancy. He has written numerous books on Reliability and Safety over the last 35 years. His FARADIP database has become widely used, and his other software packages are also used throughout the profession. His PhD thesis was on the subject of reliability prediction and common cause failure. He contributed to the first drafting of IEC 61508 and chairs the IGEM panel which produces SR/15 (the gas industry safety related guidance). David is past President of the Safety and Reliability Society.