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Reliability, Maintainability and Risk


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Table of Contents

The history of reliability & safety technology; Understanding terms & jargon; A cost-effective approach to quality, reliability & safety; Realistic failure rates & prediction confidence; Interpreting data & demonstrating reliability; Variable failure rates & probability plotting; Essential reliability theory; Methods of modelling (New chapter); Quantifying the reliability models (New chapter); QRA; Design & assurance techniques; Design review & test; Field data collection & feedback; Factors influencing down time; Predicting & demonstrating repair times; QRCM; Software quality/reliability; Project management; Contract clauses; Product liability & safety legislation; Major incident legislation; Integrity of safety-related systems; Case Studies; Appendices

About the Author

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.


"This is the 5th edition of DJ Smith's excellent book on reliability in the real world. Having worked in this field for a number of years, I can honestly say that Mr. Smith has provided a perfect means of understanding the principles behind basic reliability calculations, in a way that is neither condescending nor unneccesarily complex. I recommend this book in the strongest possible terms to readers interested in gaining a greater understanding of the world of reliability engineering without having to trawl through pages of postgraduate mathematics."

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