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Detailed review of: 

Reliability Engineering





Springer, London




Alessandro Birolini 




Reliability Engineering


Year of Publication


2007 (Fifth Edition)












Krishna B. Misra




Review published in IJPE, Vol. 5, No. 2, January 2009, p. 152. 

The book consists of 8 chapters as follows:

Chapter 1

Basic Concepts, Quality and Reliability Assurance of Complex Equipment & Systems

24 Pages

Chapter 2

Reliability Analysis During the Design Phase ( Non-repairable Items up to System Failure) 

56 Pages

Chapter 3

Qualification tests for Components and Assemblies

31 Pages

Chapter 4

Maintainability Analysis           

27 Pages

Chapter 5

Design Guidelines for Reliability, Maintainability, and Software Quality                               

23 Pages

Chapter 6

Reliability and Availability of Repairable Systems           

138 Pages

Chapter 7

Statistical Quality Control & Reliability Tests

58 Pages

Chapter 8

Quality and Reliability Assurance During the Production Phase ( Basic Considerations)                                        

16 Pages


A1 Terms and Definitions 
A2 Quality and Reliability Standards
A3 Definition and Realization of Quality and Reliability  
A4  Checklists for Design Reviews
A5 Requirements for Quality Data Reporting Systems 
A6  Basic Probability Theory
A7  Basic Stochastic-Processes Theory
A8  Basic Mathematical Statistics
A9  Tables and Charts
A10 Basic Technological Component's Properties
A11 Problems for Home-work
14 Pages
4 Pages
14 Pages
5 Pages
3 Pages
47 Pages
65 Pages
36 Pages
11 Pages
4 Pages
6 Pages


1 Page


20 Pages


13 Pages

The author of this book is Professor Emeritus of Reliability engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich and had experience of working in electronics industry and had established a test lab for VSLIs. Therefore, it is natural that the problems and case studies

Reliability Engineering: Theory and Practice - ISBN 9783540493884

presented in this book relate to electronics field. Even Basic Technological Component's properties (A11) also include only electronic components. Mechanical and non-electronic systems are cursorily treated. This is basically the limitation of the book. However, it is a very good book as far as analytical approaches and methodologies in reliability engineering are concerned. Appendices that occupy nearly half of the total number of pages of the book testify this fact. A student or a beginner need not look elsewhere for the basic knowledge required to understand the reliability engineering subject. Moreover the book is in the fifth edition (albeit in different language and title) speaks volumes of its popularity with the readers. There is clarity and depth in the exposition of the subject matter. The reviewer who himself has written a book on Reliability Analysis and Prediction in 1992 feels that the book is very well written for beginners to understand the theory of reliability engineering, particularly the chapter on Reliability and Availability of Repairable Systems elaborately presents various system configurations. Problems for Home Work will be found useful by the students of reliability.

Krishna B. Misra

Review published in the International Journal of Performability Engineering, Vol. 5, No. 2, January 2009, p.152. 


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