An Elementary Guide To Reliability


  • G. Dummer
  • Mike Tooley, BA; Advanced Technological and Higher National Certificates, Kingston University, Formerly Vice Principal, Dean of Faculty and Head of Engineering at Brooklands College, Surrey, UK

This classic text has now been completely revised and updated, making it an ideal introductory course in reliability for a wide range of engineering qualifications, including City & Guilds 8030 and HNC/Ds. A new chapter focuses on the role of the microprocessor and microcomputer controller, and the use of algorithms for monitoring system performance. The addition of numerous problems, self-check questions and exam-style questions makes this an extremely useful book for courses with an element of independent study.G W A Dummer was born in 1909, and his career included pioneering work in the field of radar. Working on radar reliability in the early fifties, he became the first person in the world to propose and pioneer the integrated circuit. In recognition of his distinguished career, he has received the USA Medal of Freedom and the MBE. Mike Tooley is Director of Curriculum and quality at Brooklands College, Surrey and a well-known author of textbooks in microelectronics and engineering. He currently teaches reliability. R C Winton, MBE, worked for Mullard for 40 years, and played an important role on may committees such as the CBI Education and Training Committee. He was also a key figure at the IEEE, becoming Secretary of the UK and Republic of Ireland section.
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Book information

  • Published: March 1997
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-3553-0

Table of Contents

Introduction; The importance of reliability; Definitions of reliability; Some simple statistics; How reliability is calculated; The effect of operating conditions and environments; Mechanical reliability; Installation and operability; Maintainability; Reporting failures; Design of fault tolerant systems; The cost of reliability; Some useful reliability definitions; Further reading; Index