Reliability, Maintainability and Risk

Reliability, Maintainability and Risk

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

7th Edition - April 20, 2005

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  • Author: David Smith
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080458939

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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.

Key Features

* The leading reliability reference for over 30 years
* Covers all key aspects of reliability and maintenance management in an accessible way with minimal mathematics - ideal for hands-on applications
* Four new chapters covering software failure, safety legislation, safety systems and new case studies on reliability and risk in practice


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.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 The history of reliability and safety technology
    Chapter 2 Understanding terms and jargon
    Chapter 3 A cost-effective approach to quality, reliability and safety.
    Chapter 4 Realistic failure rates and prediction confidence.
    Chapter 5 Interpreting data and demonstrating reliability
    Chapter 6 Variable failure ratesand probability plotting
    Chapter 7 Essential reliability theory
    Chapter 8 Methods of modelling (New chapter)
    Chapter 9 Quantifying the reliability models (New chapter)
    Chapter 10 QRA
    Chapter 11 Design and assurance techniques
    Chapter 12 Design review and test
    Chapter 13 Field data collection and feedback
    Chapter 14 Factors influencing down time
    Chapter 15 Predicting and demonstrating repair times
    Chapter 16 QRCM
    Chapter 17 Software quality/reliability
    Chapter 18 Project management
    Chapter 19 Contract clauses
    Chapter 20 Product liability and safety legislation
    Chapter 21 Major incident legislation
    Chapter 22 Integrity of safety-related systems
    Chapter 23 Case Studies

Product details

  • No. of pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2005
  • Published: April 20, 2005
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080458939

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 40 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

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