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Description:    "The demand for reliable products, components, and systems has never been greater, especially
                among organizations seeking greater competitiveness in world markets. This handbook is widely
                used in engineering education and industrial practice. It provides a comprehensive, systematic
                presentation of today's reliability engineering for optimized design engineering of products, parts,
                components and equipment. Theoretical fundamentals, prediction methods, and applications are
                clearly covered in detail. Numerous worked examples illustrate concepts and procedures. The
                extensive reference data in appendices add to the volume's practical utility.

                Coverage provided in Volume 1 includes the following:

                - Provides the important objectives of Reliability Engineering and covers the history of Reliability

                - Defines Reliability Engineering in detail—quantifies the concepts of times-to-failure distributions,
                reliability, conditional reliability, failure rate and mean life and provides the necessary background
                in statistics.

                - Examines the most frequently used distributions in Reliability Engineering: exponential, Weibull,
                normal, lognormal, extreme value, Rayleigh, and uniform.

                - Covers early, chance, and wearout reliability, as experienced in the three life periods of
                components, equipment, and systems.

                - Combines the three types of life characteristics into a unified approach of quantifying the full-life
                behavior of components, equipment, and systems.

                - Provides five unique models for quantifying the reliability bathtub curve which enables the
                determination of the full-life behavior of components, equipment, and systems; their bum-in,
                breaking in, and debugging periods; their spare parts provisioning; their preventive maintenance
                schedules; and more.


                - Comprehensive, systematic presentation

                - Theoretical foundations, analytical tools, and practical applications

                - Illustrated by numerous worked examples

Contents:       Problems and reference sections are included in each chapter.


                Chapter 1 - Reliability Engineering: Its Applications and Benefits
                - Objectives
                - Why Reliability Engineering?
                - Applications and Benefits
                - Complexity of Products
                - World Industrial Competition and Reliability Engineering
                - Reliability Advertised
                - Optimization of Reliability
                - Optimization through Integrated Reliability Engineering Programs in Industry
                - Case Histories of Cost Reduction through Reliability
                - Reliability and Quality Control Compared
- Differences between Reliability and Quality Control
- How to Reduce the Life-Cycle Cost of Equipment while Increasing its Reliability, Maintainability,
and Availability

Chapter 2 - History, Development, and Accomplishments
- Reliability Engineering in Action
- A Look Ahead

Chapter 3 - Reliability Defined
- Objectives
- Comprehensive Definition of Reliability
- Conditional Probability in Reliability and System Effectiveness
- Confidence Level
- No-Failure Performance
- Failure Causes and Types
- Effects of Age
- Effects of Mission Time
- Effects of Stress
- System Reliability and Availability Considerations, the Mission Profile, and Case Histories
- Mission Profile and Requirements

Chapter 4 - Basic Analytical and Statistical Functions in Reliability Engineering
- Objectives
- The Five Important Analytical Functions in Reliability Engineering
- The Distribution Function
- Failure Rate Function
- Reliability Function
- Conditional Reliability Function
- Mean Life Function

Chapter 5 - The Exponential Distribution
- Exponential Distribution Characteristics
- Exponential Reliability Characteristics
- Exponential Failure Rate and Mean-Time-Between-Failures Characteristics
- Determination of the Exponential Failure Rate and MTBF from Individual Time-To-Failure Data
- Determination of the Exponential Failure Rate and MTBF by Probability Plotting
- A Better Estimate of Reliability
- Applications of the Exponential Distribution
- Phenomenological Considerations for Using the Exponential Distribution

Chapter 6 - The Weibull Distribution
- Weibull Distribution Characteristics
- Weibull Reliability Characteristics
- Weibull Failure Rate Characteristics
- Estimation of the Parameters of the Weibull Distribution by Probability Plotting
- Construction of the Weibull Probability Paper
- Probability of Passing a Reliability Test
- Applications of the Weibull Distribution
- Phenomenological Considerations for Using the Weibull Distribution Analysis of Probability Plots
- Choosing the Right Probability Paper

Chapter 7 - The Normal Distribution
- Normal Distribution Characteristics
- Computational Methods for the Determination of the Parameters of the Normal Distribution
- Determination of the Parameters of the Normal Distribution by Probability Plotting
- Normal Reliability Characteristics
- Normal Failure Rate Characteristics
- The Truncated Normal Distribution
- Estimation of the Parameters from a Truncated Sample
- Applications of the Normal Distribution
- Phenomenological Considerations for Using the Normal Distribution

Chapter 8 - The Lognormal Distribution
- Lognormal Distribution Characteristics
- Probability Plotting of the Lognormal Distribution
- Lognormal Reliability Characteristics
- Lognormal Failure Rate Characteristics
- Applications of the Lognormal Distribution
- Phenomenological Considerations for Using the Lognormal Distribution
- Appendix 8a: Derivation of the Relationships among the Parameters of the Lognormal Distribution
- Appendix 8b: Formulas to Calculate the Mean, Standard Deviation, Median, Mode, and the xth
Moment about the Origin of the Lognormal Distribution When the Logarithmic Base is 10

Chapter 9 - The Extreme Value Distribution
- Extreme Value Distribution Characteristics
- Extreme Value pdf's Reliability Characteristics
- Extreme Value pdf's Failure Rate Characteristics
- Estimation of the Parameters of the EVD by Matching Moments
- Estimation of the Parameters of the EVD by Probability Plotting
- Applications of the EVD
- Phenomenological Considerations for Using the EVD

Chapter 10 - The Rayleigh Distribution
- Rayleigh Distribution Characteristics
- Rayleigh Reliability and Failure Rate Characteristics
- Estimation of the Rayleigh pdf's Parameter
- Applications of the Rayleigh Distribution

Chapter 11 - The Uniform Distribution
- Uniform Distribution Characteristics
- Uniform Reliability and Failure Rate Characteristics
- Estimation of the Uniform pdf's Parameters
- Applications of the Uniform Distribution

Chapter 12 - Early, Chance, And Wear-Out Reliability
- Introduction
- Early Failures and Their Reliability
- Chance Failures and Their Reliability
- Wear-Out Failures and Their Reliability
- Reliability of Successive Missions in Early Life
- Reliability of Successive Missions in Useful Life
- Reliability of Successive Missions in Wear-Out Life
- Importance of Unit Checkout Prior to Starting a Mission

Chapter 13 - Reliability of Units with Multiple Failure Modes
- Mixed Population Model
- Appendix 13a: Some Results about the Failure Rate of a Mixed Population

Chapter 14 - Reliability Bathtub Curve Models and Their Quantification
- Introduction
- Model 1
- Model 2
- Model 3
- Model 4
- Model 5

Appendix   A: Rank Tables
Appendix   B: Standardized Normal Distribution's Area Tables
Appendix   C: Standardized Normal Distribution's Ordinate Values or Probability Densities
Appendix   D: Percentage Points, F Distribution For F(F)=0.50
Appendix   E: Critical Values for the Kolmogrov-Smirnov Goodness-Of-Fit Test

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