The book’s emphasis is on practical aspects of engineering, with a balanced mixture of reliability theory and applications. The topics covered include the mathematics of reliability, physics of failure, graphical and software methods of failure data analysis, reliability prediction and modelling, design for reliability and safety, accelerated testing, management and economics of reliability programmes. Reliability and safety aspects of mechanical, electronic and software engineering are also described.
Practical Reliability Engineering covers the requirements of the Certified Reliability Engineer curriculum of the American Society for Quality. Each chapter is supported by practice questions, and a solutions manual is available to course tutors.
Since its first best-selling edition, this book has been recognized as a primary source with a worldwide reputation and it has been progressively updated in the following editions. For the fifth edition the original author, Patrick O’Connor, has been joined by Andre Kleyner, a reliability practitioner with extensive industrial and academic experience. The new edition adds:
- Software applications of statistical methods, including probability plotting and a wider use of common software tools such as Microsoft Excel.
- Expanded description and applications of Monte Carlo simulation methods, in a new chapter.
- More detailed descriptions of reliability prediction methods.
- Expanded treatment of accelerated test data analysis.
- Warranty data analysis.
- Expanded description of reliability demonstration methods, in a new chapter.
- Revised and expanded practice questions at the end of each chapter.
Keywords: Industrial Engineering / Quality Control