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Reliability Modelling : A Statistical Approach - Linda C. Wolstenholme

Reliability Modelling

A Statistical Approach

Paperback Published: 25th June 1999
ISBN: 9781584880141
Number Of Pages: 272

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Reliability is an essential concept in mathematics, computing, research, and all disciplines of engineering, and reliability as a characteristic is, in fact, a probability. Therefore, in this book, the author uses the statistical approach to reliability modelling along with the MINITAB software package to provide a comprehensive treatment of modelling, from the basics through advanced modelling techniques.

The book begins by presenting a thorough grounding in the elements of modelling the lifetime of a single, non-repairable unit. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, the author includes a guide to all the fundamentals of probability theory, defines the various measures associated with reliability, then describes and discusses the more common lifetime models: the exponential, Weibull, normal, lognormal and gamma distributions. She concludes the groundwork by looking at ways of choosing and fitting the most appropriate model to a given data set, paying particular attention to two critical points: the effect of censored data and estimating lifetimes in the tail of the distribution.

The focus then shifts to topics somewhat more difficult:

  • the difference in the analysis of lifetimes for repairable versus non-repairable systems and whether repair truly "renews" the system
  • methods for dealing with system with reliability characteristic specified for more than one component or subsystem
  • the effect of different types of maintenance strategies
  • the analysis of life test data

    The final chapter provides snapshot introductions to a range of advanced models and presents two case studies that illustrate various ideas from throughout the book.
  • "This is a lucid introduction to many important ideas in reliability. In describing the various models and techniques the author includes plenty of practical advice about their usuage. Frequent and well-developed examples illustrate and extend the techniques and there are two brief case studies at the end of the book. By studying these examples carefully, the student will learn much about the difficult art of formulating useful models." --Biometrics, June 2000

    Basic Concepts
    Common Lifetime Models
    Model Selection
    Model Fitting
    Repairable Systems
    System Reliability
    Models for Functions of Random Variables
    Maintenance Strategies
    Life Testing and Inference
    Advanced Models
    Useful Mathematical Techniques
    Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

    ISBN: 9781584880141
    ISBN-10: 1584880147
    Audience: Professional
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 272
    Published: 25th June 1999
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.27
    Weight (kg): 0.38
    Edition Number: 1