Engineering Systems Acquisition and Support

1st Edition

Authors: J P T Mo A Sinha
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857092120
eBook ISBN: 9780857092151
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 10th December 2014
Page Count: 244
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Engineering systems such as an aircraft or frigate are highly complex and specifically designed to meet the customer’s requirements. This important book provides the information necessary to acquire and support complex engineering systems expected to last for a long time. Chapters in the first half of the book examine the life cycles of these systems, their design, testing and certification, and the principles behind their acquisition. The second half of the book reviews topics including operations support and logistics, systems maintenance, reliability and upgrades, and performance and risk analysis, ending with a discussion of the need for continuous improvements in these systems.

Key Features

  • Creates a new operational view of modern acquisition, design, services and support systems
  • Applies enterprise modelling and analysis techniques to develop a whole systems view
  • Takes the systems engineering approach to services system design and support


Systems engineering students and professors; Professional engineers, systems managers, acquisition officers and operations managers

Table of Contents

  • Biography
  • Preface
  • 1: Introduction

    • Abstract
    • 1.1. A new business environment for complex engineering systems
    • 1.2. Examples of complex engineering systems
    • 1.3. Value for money
    • 1.4. Requirements of logistics for support
    • 1.5. Lean support services
    • 1.6. Concept of integration
    • 1.7. Preparedness
  • 2: The life cycles of complex engineering systems

    • Abstract
    • 2.1. Complex engineering product life cycle
    • 2.2. Types of knowledge
    • 2.3. Tools and methods requirements
    • 2.4. Whole-of-life engineering
  • 3: Systems acquisition principles

    • Abstract
    • 3.1. Systems-engineering approach
    • 3.2. User requirements
    • 3.3. Requirements analysis
    • 3.4. System specification
    • 3.5. Tender management
  • 4: Systems design

    • Abstract
    • 4.1. Systems design process
    • 4.2. Systems modelling: functional, data, process
    • 4.3. Design for sustainability
    • 4.4. Tool design
    • 4.5. Design verification
    • 4.6. Design freeze
    • 4.7. Maintenance requirement determination
    • 4.8. Reliability-Centred maintenance (RCM)
    • 4.9. Certification
  • 5: Management of engineering-design changes

    • Abstract
    • 5.1. In-service phase
    • 5.2. In-service engineering support
    • 5.3. In-service system safety
    • 5.4. COTS-item obsolescence management
  • 6: Systems prototyping and testing

    • Abstract
    • 6.1. Prototyping
    • 6.2. Experimental design
    • 6.3. Physical testing
    • 6.4. Virtual tes


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About the Author

J P T Mo

John P. T. Mo is currently Professor and Discipline Head of Manufacturing and Materials at RMIT University. Prior to RMIT, he was Senior Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO leading research teams working on risk analysis, electricity market simulation, wireless communication, fault detection and production scheduling and more. He obtained his PhD in Manufacturing Engineering from Loughborough University, UK, and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Affiliations and Expertise

RMIT University, Australia

A Sinha

Arvind Sinha is currently Director of Engineering, Defence Material Organization, in Australia. Formerly, he was Director of the Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre for Aerospace Design at RMIT. He was also the President of the Australian Chapter of the American Helicopter Society from which he received two awards in 2004 and 2007, recognising his contribution to aerospace engineering. He obtained his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from RMIT University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Defence Material Organization, Australia