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Design Reliability

Fundamentals and Applications, 1st Edition

By B.S. Dhillon

CRC Press

416 pages

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Hardback: 9780849314650
pub: 1999-06-18

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As engineering systems become more and more complex, industry has recognized the importance of system and product reliability and places ever increasing emphasis on it during the design phase. Despite its efforts, however, industry continues to lose billions of dollars each year because of unexpected system failures. Therefore, it becomes increasingly important for designers and engineers to have a solid grounding in reliability engineering and keep abreast of new developments and research results.

Table of Contents


Reliability History

Need of Reliability in Product Design

Reliability in the Product Design Process

Reliability Specialized and Applications Areas

Terms and Definitions

Reliability Information Sources

Military and other Reliability documents

Design Reliability Mathematics


Boolean Algebra Laws

Probability Properties

Useful Definitions

Probability Distributions

Hazard Rate Models

Partial Fraction Method and Equation Roots

Differential Equations

Engineering Design and Reliability Management


Engineering Design

Reliability Management

Failure Data Collection and Analysis


Failure Data Uses

Failure Data Collection Sources in Equipment Life Cycle and Quality Control Data

Failure Reporting and Documentation System Design Guidelines and Failure Data Collection Forms

External Failure Data Sources

Failure Data for Selective Items and Tasks

Hazard Plotting Method

Underlying Distribution Determination Tests

Maximum Likelihood Estimation Method

Basic Reliability Evaluation and Allocation Techniques


Bathtub Hazard Rate Curve

General Reliability Analysis Related Formulas

Reliability Networks

Reliability Evaluation Methods

Reliability Allocation

Failure Modes and Effect Analysis


Terms and Definitions

Types of FMEA and Their Associated Benefits

Steps for Performing FMEA

Criticality Assessment

FMECA Information Needs, Data Sources, and Users

FMEA Implementation Related Factors and General Guidelines

Advantages of FMEA

Fault Tree Analysis


FTA Purposes and Prerequisites

Fault Tree Symbols

Fundamental Approach to FTA

Boolean Algebra Rules

Probability Evaluation of Fault Trees with Repairable and Non-Repairable Components

Fault Tree Duality and FTA Approach Benefits and Drawbacks

Common Cause Failures and Three State Devices


Common-Cause Failures

Three State Devices

Mechanical Reliability


Reasons for the Discipline of Mechanical Reliability and Mechanical Failure Modes

General and Gear Failure Modes

Safety Factors and Safety Design

"Design by Reliability" Methodology and Stress-Strength Models

Mellin Transform Method

Failure Rate Models

Failure Data Sources for Mechanical Parts

Optimum Models for Mechanical Equipment Replacement or Maintenance

Human Reliability in Engineering Systems


Terms and Definitions

Human Error Occurrence Examples and Studies

Human Error Occurrence Classification and its Types and Causes

Human Performance and Stress

Human Performance Reliability in Continuous Time and Mean Time to Human Error (MTTHE) Measure

Human Reliability Evaluation Methods

Human Reliability Markov Modeling

Human Error Data

Reliability Testing and Growth


Reliability Testing

Reliability Growth

Reliability Growth Models

Reliability in Computer Systems


Terms and Definitions

Software Reliability Versus Hardware Reliability

Computer Failures Causes

Software Life Cycle Phases and Associated Error Sources

Software Reliability Improvement Methods

Software Reliability Assessment Methods

Fault Masking

Robot Reliability and Safety


Robot Safety

Robot Reliability

Medical Device Reliability


Facts and Figures Government Control and Liability

Medical Electronic Equipment Classification

Medical Device Recalls

Medical Device Design Quality Assurance


Error Occurrence and Related Human Factors

Medical Device Software

Sources for Adverse Medical Device Reportable Events and Failure Investigation Documentation

A Small Instrument Manufacturer's Approach to Produce Reliable and Safe Medical Devices

Aerospace and Medical Equipment Reliability and Reliability Approach Comparisons

Guidelines for Reliability and Other Professionals Associated with Health Care

Design Maintainability and Reliability Centered Maintenance


Design Maintainability: Maintainability Need and Relationship Between Reliability and Maintainability

Reliability Centered Maintenance

Total Quality Management and Risk Assessment



Risk Assessment

Life Cycle Costing


Reasons and Uses Life Cycle Costing and Required Inputs

Life Cycle Costing Steps and Activities

Skills Requirements Areas of a Life Cycle Costing Analyst and His/Her Associated Professional

Life Cycle Costing Program Evaluation Areas and Life Cycle Cost Estimate Report

Time Dependent Formulas for Life Cycle Cost Analysis

Life Cycle Cost Estimation Models

Cost Estimation Models

Life Cycle Costing Data

Life Cycle Costing Advantages and Disadvantages Resistance Factors and Associated Important Points

Plus each chapter contains references and exercises

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