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Simulation Methods for Reliability and Availability of Complex Systems




Springer Verlag, London




Javier Faulin, Angel A. Juan, Sebastián Martorell, and J-E. Ramirez-Márquez




Simulation Methods for Reliability and Availability of Complex Systems


Year of Publication














Krishna B. Misra




Review published in IJPE, Vol. 7, No. 4, July 2011, p. 326.



The book consists of 3 Parts comprising 13 chapters followed by a Foreword and Authors’ Preface:


Foreword by David Coit

02 Pages


04 Pages

Part I : Fundamentals of Simulation in Reliability and Availability Issues

Chapter 1

Reliability Estimation by Advanced Monte Carlo Simulation

37 Pages

Chapter 2

Dynamic Fault Tree Analysis: Simulation Approach

24 Pages

Chapter 3

Analysis and Improvements of Path-based Methods for Monte Carlo Reliability Evaluation of Static Models

20 Pages

Chapter 4

Variate Generation in Reliability

19 Pages

Part II :Simulation Applications in Reliability

Chapter 5

Simulation-based Methods for Studying Reliability and Preventive Maintenance of Public Infrastructure

15 Pages

Chapter 6

Reliability Models for Data Integration Systems

22 Pages

Chapter 7

Power Distribution System Reliability Evaluation using both Analytical Reliability Network Equivalent Technique and Time-sequential Simulation Approach

28 Pages

Chapter 8

Application of Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability Simulation to Process Industries: A Case Study

25 Pages

Chapter 9

Potential Applications of Discrete-event Simulation and Fuzzy Rule-based Systems to Structural Reliability and Availability

17 Pages

Part III :Simulation Applications in Availability and Maintenance

Chapter 10

Maintenance Manpower Modelling: A Tool for Human Systems Integration Practitioners to Estimate Manpower, Personnel, and Training Requirements

16 Pages

Chapter 11

Application of Monte Carlo Simulation for the Estimation of Production Availability in Off-Shore Installations

20 Pages

Chapter 12

Simulation of Maintained Multi-component Systems for Dependability Assessment

20 Pages

Chapter 13

Availability Estimation via Simulation for Optical Wireless Communication

23 Pages

About Editors and Contributors

13 Pages


05 Pages


The book is a collection of several chapters written by specialists, who have published papers in specific areas. It is concise and comprehensive book on the subject of how to compute reliability and availability and Simulation Methods for Reliability and Availability of Complex Systems -9781848822122associated parameters of interest in complex systems such as communication systems, electrical power distribution systems, process industry, structures and off-shore installations etc. The complexity of computing reliability and availability of well-connected systems can be easily understood through an example of communication system, say of a two-state network of 10 nodes, which may require as much as 245 number of states to reckon with. The reliability computation with such a large number of states is computationally unwieldy, if not impossible. The same is true for other systems as well. Therefore, the Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS) becomes the most practical method for computing reliability and availability of such complex systems. Particularly, with repairable system the usual analytical methods may not be feasible to provide a reasonable estimate of the reliability/ availability parameters. This book therefore serves a very useful and practical approach to the problem. Besides, human factors can be easily included in the analysis with the simulation approach. Its organization in three parts is quite logical. Some chapters of this book provide efficiency improvement techniques and tips for simulation technique, which are very helpful with MCS. Some practical systems illustrate the approaches used in the book which makes it useful for someone trying to develop simulation approach. This book shall be found supplementary source for any researcher who intends to use MCS in his research work. The students and teachers pursuing system reliability and availability course will also find this book of interest. In general, the book would be highly useful to professional engineers dealing with reliability and availability of complex systems.

- Krishna B. Misra


Review published in the International Journal of Performability Engineering, Vol. 7, No. 4, July 2011, p. 326.

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