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Reliability, Maintainability and Risk - 6th Edition - ISBN: 9780080516097

Reliability, Maintainability and Risk

6th Edition

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Author: David Smith
eBook ISBN: 9780080516097
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 14th December 2000
Page Count: 370
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Reliability, Maintainability and Risk has been updated to ensure that it remains the leading reliability textbook and cementing the book's reputation for staying one step ahead of the competition.

This 6th edition incorporates brand new material on the accuracy of reliability prediction and common cause failure based on the author's PhD research work. David J. Smith approaches these subjects from an entirely original and unique viewpoint, emphasising that the need to demonstrate that safety-related systems have been assessed against target integrity levels is now commonplace in most industries, and the material contained in this book will address these growing needs.

Reliability, Maintainability and Risk has now been established for over 20 years. It deals with all aspects of reliability, maintainability and safety-related failures in a simple and straightforward style, explaining technical terms and jargon and handling the imitations of reliability parameters. It pre-supposes no prior knowledge of the subject - the author deals with numerical data making realistic predictions using the minimum of mathematics.

David J. Smith has written seven successful works on reliability, quality, maintainability, software and statistics and is past Chairman of the Safety and Reliability Society. He has been directly concerned with this branch of engineering in the telecommunications, electronics and oil and gas industries for over 25 years. He is well known for his many courses and workshops on reliability engineering and software quality and is in a unique position to provide much-needed information on a burgeoning subject area.

Key Features

Readers will be getting brand new and original information that they cannot get from any other title on the subject of Reliability, Maintainability and Risk.

Author is well known and has an excellent track record in this area. He is regarded as highly "readable" and his writing concise and straightforward.


Professional engineers of all disciplines, especially systems designers in most industries (particularly oil and gas, rail, nuclear and military).

Student engineers, especially those with an interest in design, resource management and reliability.

Table of Contents

The essential aspects of Reliability and Risk Engineering; Terms and Jargon; Data Analysis; Variable Failure Rates; Accuracy of Reliability Prediction; Essential Probability Theory; Field Data; Prediction and Modelling; Maintainability Prediction and Design; Common Cause Failure; Design Review; Software Reliability; Risk Assessment; Reliability Centred Maintenance; Contract Liability and Legal Aspects; Major Incident Legislation; Project Management; Safety-Related Systems.


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About the Author

David Smith

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Independent Consultant, Technis, Tonbridge, UK


'The latest edition of this practical introduction to the basics of reliabilty, maintainability and safety introduces new sections on the accuracy of reliability prediction methods, common cause failures in systems, and expands and updates the descriptions of recent safety standards, in particular ISO 61508 and the use of 'Safety Integrity Levels' (SILs). The book remains a good basic introduction.' Quality and Reliabilty Engineering International, Feb. 2002 "Having worked in this field for a number of years, I can honestly say that Dr. Smith has provided a perfect means of understanding the principles behind basic reliability calculations, in a way that is neither condescending nor unnecessarily 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." Customer review on Amazon 26/4/99 covers enough statistics and basic reliability engineering principles that engineers from various disciplines can benefit from it. This book would make a good reference guide. -Quality Progress Engineers can evaluate power quality and reliability risks using a number of mathematical methods that help determine the areas of vulnerability at a given site. For this reason, Reliability, Maintainability and Risk, 6th Edition, by Dr. David J. Smith, is a highly useful and informative text. -Power Quality, June 2002

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