Reliability, Maintainability and Risk

Practical Methods for Engineers including Reliability Centred Maintenance and Safety-Related Systems


  • David Smith, BSc, PhD, CEng, FIEE, FIQA, HonFSaRS, MIGasE., Independent Consultant, Technis, Tonbridge, U.K.

For over 30 years, Reliability, Maintainability and Risk has been recognised as a leading text for reliability and maintenance professionals. Now in its seventh edition, the book has been updated to remain the first choice for professional engineers and students. The seventh edition incorporates new material on important topics including software failure, the latest safety legislation and standards, product liability, integrity of safety-related systems, as well as delivering an up-to-date review of the latest approaches to reliability modelling, including cutsec ranking. It is also supported by new detailed case studies on reliability and risk in practice.
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Manufacturing & management cluster. Industrial engineers in most disciplines, with focuses on maintenance planning, safety & systems engineering in process industries plus transportation & energy generation sectors. The only practical guide for reliability & maintenance engineers. Secondary readership of mechanical engineering students taking options in maintenance, reliability, risk, management or design.


Book information

  • Published: April 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-045893-9


"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."

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The history of reliability and safety technologyChapter 2 Understanding terms and jargonChapter 3 A cost-effective approach to quality, reliability and safety.Chapter 4 Realistic failure rates and prediction confidence.Chapter 5 Interpreting data and demonstrating reliabilityChapter 6 Variable failure ratesand probability plottingChapter 7 Essential reliability theoryChapter 8 Methods of modelling (New chapter)Chapter 9 Quantifying the reliability models (New chapter)Chapter 10 QRAChapter 11 Design and assurance techniquesChapter 12 Design review and testChapter 13 Field data collection and feedbackChapter 14 Factors influencing down timeChapter 15 Predicting and demonstrating repair timesChapter 16 QRCMChapter 17 Software quality/reliabilityChapter 18 Project managementChapter 19 Contract clausesChapter 20 Product liability and safety legislationChapter 21 Major incident legislationChapter 22 Integrity of safety-related systemsChapter 23 Case StudiesAppendices