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Reliability and Safety Engineering




Springer Verlag, London




A. K. Verma, Srividya A. and Durga Rao Karanki




Reliability and Safety Engineering


Year of Publication














Krishna B. Misra




Review published in IJPE, Vol. 7, No. 4, July 2011, p. 400.


The book consists of the following 11 chapters followed by a Foreword and Authors’ Preface:

Foreword by the Series Editor: Hoang Pham

01 Page


02 Pages

Chapter 1


13 Pages

Chapter 2

Basic Reliability Mathematics

56 Pages

Chapter 3

System Reliability Modelling

98 Pages

Chapter 4

Electronic System Reliability

23 Pages

Chapter 5

Software Reliability

36 Pages

Chapter 6

Mechanical Reliability

38 Pages

Chapter 7

Structural Reliability

37 Pages

Chapter 8

Power System Reliability

17 Pages

Chapter 9

Probabilistic Safety Assessment

47 Pages

Chapter 10

Applications of Probabilistic Safety Assessment

64 Pages

Chapter 11

Uncertainty Management in Reliability/Safety Assessment

88 Pages

Appendix: Distribution Tables

08 Pages


07 Pages



As indicated in the foreword of the Series Editor Huang Pham, this is a good source book on the theoretical foundation of the fundamentals of reliability, availability and safety. In fact it gives reviewer pleasure in reviewing this book whose two authors (Verma and Rao) out of the three authors have been his students at Reliability and Safety Engineering - 9781849962322Reliability Engineering Centre at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, where they did their doctoral and postgraduate degree in reliability, respectively. There are several excellent books available on the subject of reliability and safety but dealing in a unified way is the principal merit of this book. This is all the more desirable and necessary as the much of the methodology used in these two areas is common.  This book does full justice to this aspect by discussing them explicitly. Another plus point of the book appears to be its discussion of uncertainty measures in evaluating reliability, availability, risk or safety. The present book covers these aspects as well. The treatment of mechanical systems and structural reliability of course could have been presented in a unified way since both use probabilistic approach for design. But this does not restrict the book’s utility and the reviewer finds separate an adequate coverage of these systems in this book. As modern complex system operation is both hardware and software dependent, the book also covers software reliability as well. This reviewer would like to recommend this book as an introductory text for undergraduate as well as graduate students. The book treats a variety of problems in uncertainty consideration including load uncertainty and structural variability/imperfections. The simple language used in the book and the numerical examples provided shall make this book a good source of learning for under graduate students.


Krishna B. Misra


Review published in the International Journal of Performability Engineering, Vol. 7, No. 4, July 2011, p. 400.



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