The Reliability Data Handbook is exceptional in both its approach and coverage, giving a uniquely comprehensive account of the subject. Component failure rate data are a vital part of any reliability or safety study and highly relevant to the engineering community across many disciplines. The Reliability Data Handbook focuses on the complete process of data collection, analysis and quality control. The subject of reliability data is covered in geat depth, reflecting the author's considerable experience and expertise in this field. Rarely is reliability data 'clean'. There are problems in its collection due to poor recording of the exact cause of failure. The time to failure of many items in the data collection scheme may not be known due to censoring and truncation issues. For new equipment or very reliable equipment there may be no data available at all. All of these practical facets of data used in real--world reliability studies are contained in this book. Analysis methods are not presented in a clinical way -- they are put into context, considering the difficulties that can arise when performing assessments of actual systems.
A unique feature is that the text is always fully illustrated with worked examples, many from the author's own experience in industry. CONTENTS INCLUDE Introduction -- objectives and scope Component, equipment and system reliability, reliability models for non--repairable and repairable equipment Failure patterns, failure rate calculations Discreet and continuous distributions, scatter diagrams and histograms The Weibull distribution and Weibull analysis The Duane reliability growth model Reliability forecasting, basic models, data requirements Reliability statistics, sources of generic data, tables of equipment and component failure rates Data collection and quality control Reliability testing, inspection and maintenance decision analysis.
Bob Moss is a consulting engineer with over 30 years' experience in safety, reliability, and risk analysis. Prior to forming his own company in 1979 he was a Principal Engineer with the UKAEA Safety and Reliability Directorate with responsibility for the group that developed methods for the availability assessment of large, potentially hazardous chemical plant. Since 1979 he has been responsible for a wide range of projects concerned with nuclear installations, petrochemical plant, and offshore and onshore oil and gas platforms. He was one of the principal architects of the OREDA (Offshore Reliability Data) project and supervised the collection and analysis of reliability data from the UK sector of the North Sea. Bob is a past Vice Chairman of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Process Industries Division, past Chairman of its Mechanical Reliability Committee and an Honorary Member of the European Safety Reliability and Data Association. For 8 years he was a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Loughborough University and was awarded a PhD for research into rotating machinery reliability. He has lectured extensively worldwide and has published over 50 papers on reliability and risk assessment. His current interests focus on the application of reliability and risk assessment methods to maintenance and asset management.