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Detailed review of:

An Introduction to the Basics of Reliability and Risk Analysis





World Scientific Publishing Co. Inc., Singapore




Enrico Zio




Applied Reliability and Quality: Fundamentals, methods and An Introduction to the Basics of Reliability and Risk Analysis


Year of Publication














Krishna B. Misra




Review published in IJPE, Vol. 5, No. 3, April 2009, p. 299.  

The book consists of 9 chapters as follows:

Chapter 1


 2 Pages

Chapter 2

Basic Concepts of Safety and Risk Analysis

 8 Pages

Chapter 3

Methods of Hazard Identification

 10 Pages

Chapter 4

Basics of Probability Theory for Applications to Reliability and Risk Analysis

 55 Pages

Chapter 5

Reliability of Basic Systems

 11 Pages

Chapter 6

Availability and Maintainability

 25 Pages

Chapter 7

Fault Tree Analysis

 22 Pages

Chapter 8

Event Tree Analysis

 10 Pages

Chapter 9

Estimation of Reliability Parameters from Experimental Data

 70 Pages

Appendix A

Table of Standard Normal Cumulative Distribution

 5 Pages

Appendix B

Table of Chi-Square Cumulative Distribution Standards

 1 Page


The author of this book has had a background in nuclear engineering and has been engaged in the safety and reliability area for several years. Besides, being Vice Chairman of   the European Safety and Reliability Association and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Risk,


Decision and Policy, the author has published widely in the area. Very aptly, he has chosen to write a book on the basics of reliability and safety analysis. In fact there exists a considerable overlap between these two areas and several methodologies are common for safety (or risk) and reliability analyses. It is therefore logical to address these in a unifying manner in the form of a book. The author has claimed in his introduction to the book that the aim in writing the book was to provide an organic view of the subject and this reviewer has no hesitation in saying that the author has been largely successful in achieving this objective. As the title itself suggests, this book primarily presents the basics of subject as such will be found useful by the students and practicing engineers who intend to get familiarized with the fundamentals of methodologies involved. The book has clarity and has easy to understand explanations, which will be liked by the beginners. The book straight away introduces the subject matter and comes to the point straight away. The reviewer would like to recommend this book to the beginners who wish to get familiarized with the subject. Incidentally, there is no index provided in this book, which would have been otherwise quite handy and useful for a beginner to locate a particular topic of interest related to the subject.

Krishna B. Misra


Review published in the International Journal of Performability Engineering in Vol. 5, No. 3, April 2009, p. 299.



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