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Detailed review of: 


Handbook of Reliability Engineering


 

 

Publishers:

:

Springer, London

 

Editor:

:

Hoang Pham

 

Title:

:

Handbook of Reliability Engineering

 

Year of Publication:

:

2003

 

Pages: 

:

663

 

ISBN:

:

1852334533

 

Reviewer:

:

Krishna B. Misra

Status : Review published in IJPE, Vol. 3, No. 3, July 2007, p. 388.


Table of Contents 

There are 35 chapters, organized in five parts, written by 50 authors. The table of contents runs as follows:

Preface

 

3-pages

Contents

 

17-pages

Contributors

 3-pages

Chapter #

  Title                                                               Authors

 

 

 

 

Part I

System Reliability and Optimization

114-pages

1

Multi-state k-out-of-n Systems

M.J.Zuo, J.Huang & W.Kuo

15-pages

2

Reliability of Systems with Multiple Failure Modes

Hong Pham

18-pages

3

Reliability of Consecutive-k Systems

J-C.Chang & F.K. Hwang

23-pages

4

Multi-state System Reliability Analysis and Optimization

G.Levitin & A. Lisnianski

30-pages

5

Combinatorial Reliability Optimization

C.S. Sung, Y.K.Cho & S.H.Song

24-pages

 

 

 

 

Part II

Statistical Reliability Theory

 

84-pages

6

Modeling the Observed Failure Rate

M.S. Finkelstein

23-pages

7

Concepts of Stochastic Dependence in Reliability Analysis

C. D.Lai & M .Xie

16-pages

8

Statistical Reliability Change-point Estimation Models

M. Zhao

 7-pages

9

Concepts and Applications of Stochastic Aging in Reliability

C. D.Lai & M .Xie

16-pages

10

Class of NBU-t0 Life Distributions

D. H. Park

17-pages

 

 

 

 

Part III

Software Reliability

 

104-pages

11

Software Reliability Models: A Selective Survey and New Directions

S R. Dalal

11-pages

12

Software Reliability Modeling

J. Ledoux

22-pages

13

Software Availability Theory and Its Applications

K.Tokuno & S. Yamada

10-pages

14

Software Rejuvenation: Modeling and Applications

T.Dohi, K. G-Popstojanova, K. Vaidyanathan, K.S.Trivedi & S. Osaki

19-pages

15

Software Reliability Management: Techniques and Applications

M.Kimura & S. Yamada

20-pages

16

Recent Studies in Software Reliability Engineering

Hoang Pham

18-pages

 

 

 

 

Part IV

Maintenance Theory and Testing

 

167-pages

17

Warranty and Maintenance

D.N.P.Murty & N.Jack

12-pages

18

Mechanical Reliability and Maintenance Models

G.Pulcini

32-pages

19

Preventive Maintenance Models: Replacement, Repair, Ordering, and Inspection

T.Dohi, N.Kaio and S. Osaki

18-pages

20

Maintenance and Optimum Policy

T. Nakagawa

29-pages

21

Optimum Imperfect Maintenance Models

H.Wang & H.Pham

18-pages

22

Accelerated Life Testing

E.A. Elsayed

14-pages

23

Accelerated Test Models  with the Birnbaum-Saunders Distributions

W. J.Owen & W.J.Padgett

11-pages

24

Multiple-steps Step-stress Accelerated Life Test

L-C. Tang

15-pages

25

Step-stress Accelerated Life Testing

C. Xiong

13-pages

 

 

 

 

Part V

Practices and Emerging Applications

 

181-pages

26

Statistical Methods for Reliability Data Analysis

M. J. Phillips

18-pages

27

The Application of Capture-Recapture Methods in Reliability Studies

P.S.F. Yip,Y.Wang & A. Chao

18-pages

28

Reliability of Electric Power Systems

R. Billinton & R.N, Allan

18-pages

29

Human and Medical Device Reliability

B.S.Dhillon

13-pages

30

Probabilistic Risk Assessment

R. A. Bari

15-pages

31

Total Dependability Management

P.A. Akersten & B. Klefsjo

 7-pages

32

Total Quality for Software Engineering Management

G.Albeanu & P.Vladicescu

18-pages

33

Software Fault Tolerance

X. Teng & H.Pham

27-pages

34

Markovian Dependability/Performability Modeling of  Fault-tolerant Systems

J.A. Carrasco

30-pages

35

Random-request Availability

K. W. Lee

10-pages

 

 

 

 

Index

 

 

11-pages

The editor of the Handbook is the Chief Editor of an International Journal, of Reliability, Quality and Safety Engineering, published by World Scientific, for many years. He brought out a book in 2001, titled

Handbook of Reliability Engineering
Recent Advances in Reliability and Quality Engineering, which was also published by World Scientific and had authored a book on Software Reliability in 2000, which was published by Springer. Now the editor has brought out a Handbook on Reliability Engineering, which it is claimed contains recent developments in reliability engineering besides devoting 104 pages to Software Reliability.

HAlthough the reviewer feels that publishers must bring out Handbooks occasionally to highlight the new developments in a subject but such handbooks should be well-structured and should not address the routine subject matter that can be easily found in other textbooks on the subject. For example, there are several excellent texts available on the subject of k-out-of-m systems. The two authors (Zuo and Kuo) of the first chapter have produced a book recently (2003) on Optimum Reliability Modeling: Principles and Applications, published by John Wiley in which they discuss analysis and design of k-out-of-m and consecutive systems over nearly 300 pages including 52 pages on multi-state systems. The same is true about the chapter 4. Although it may be argued that the subject of reliability engineering is so vast that it is difficult to do justice to all areas. But important areas like Fault Trees where several new developments have taken place in the recent past should have found a place in such a Handbook. The same can be said about the treatment of common-cause failures, although the editor has covered analysis of systems with multi-mode failures in chapter 2. But a separate section of software reliability, particularly when the editor has published a book on software reliability around the same period is not well-received. Reliability testing and demonstration is a very important activity of reliability programme and the editor has done well in covering this topic but he should have organized a separate section on life testing. Chapter 22 on Accelerated Life Testing is a routine chapter which does not broach the topics like HAST and HASS or MEOST. Environmental testing which forms an integral part of any reliability demonstration programme does not find any coverage. The reviewer does not see any reason of not including two chapters 32 and 33 as a part of Part III. There are several new developments that have taken place in Human Reliability Assessment but it does not find explicit discussion in the handbook. Data Analysis which is an important activity of reliability analysis has been discussed but should have found a prominent place in the Handbook. Apart from the above shortcomings, the Handbook does well in discussing some of the important elements of reliability engineering subject. 

Certainly, there are some new topics included in the Handbook which make it a valuable addition to the literature and the reviewer would like to recommend the Handbook to practitioners and serious minded students and teachers.

Krishna B. Misra


Review published in the International Journal of Performability Engineering, Vol. 3, No. 3, July 2007, p. 388.

 


 
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