An Introduction to Reliability and Maintainability Engineering:  by Charles E. Ebeling
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An Introduction to Reliability and Maintainability Engineering
Third Edition
Many books on reliability focus on either modeling or statistical analysis and require an extensive background in probability and statistics. Continuing its tradition of excellence as an introductory text for those with limited formal education in the subject, this classroom-tested book introduces the necessary concepts in probability and statistics within the context of their application to reliability. The Third Edition adds brief discussions of the Anderson-Darling test, the Cox proportionate hazards model, the Accelerated Failure Time model, and Monte Carlo simulation.

Over 80 new end-of-chapter exercises have been added, as well as solutions to all odd-numbered exercises. Moreover, Excel workbooks, available for download, save students from performing numerous tedious calculations and allow them to focus on reliability concepts. Ebeling has created an exceptional text that enables readers to learn how to analyze failure, repair data, and derive appropriate models for reliability and maintainability as well as apply those models to all levels of design.
“I absolutely love this textbook and I am thankful to Waveland and Dr. Ebeling for such a great product.” — Javad Seif, Cal Poly Pomona

I have selected this book for our Reliability Engineering class. This is an awesome text for junior/senior engineering students. There are lots of exercises and detailed derivation of equations. Very impressive.” — Junfeng Ma, Mississippi State University

“I have used Ebeling’s text since the first edition was published. It is a great book at the right level for my undergraduate students.” — Noel Artiles-León, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

“I love the book. It has a very organized design with great coverage of a full range of topics. The level of rigor is perfect for engineers who do not often want to get buried by complex mathematical derivations.” — John S. Usher, University of Louisville

“It is well written with the right mix of theory and application in a language understandable to the intended audience.” — Kalikathan Krishnamoorthi, Bradley University

"An excellent textbook with excellent accompanying instructor resources (presentation slides and solutions manual). Highly recommended. Attractive pricing." — Randal Sitton, University of Houston

"Absolutely excellent book. The best there is for a first comprehensive course on R & M." — Kenneth Case, Oklahoma State University

"Every student of reliability and every reliability improvement professional should have this book at their fingertips. It is clearly written and focuses not only on the concepts of reliability but also on their application. The Excel templates provided with the book greatly assist in the learning process by doing the tedious computations." — Paul J. Fields, Brigham Young University

"This is an outstanding text on the fundamentals of reliability and maintainability. The text is well organized and readable. The problems are appropriate in terms of quantity and difficulty." — Stanley Bullington, Mississippi State University
Table of Contents
1. Introduction
The Study of Reliability and Maintainability / Concepts, Terms, and Definitions / Applications / A Brief History / Reliability Engineering as a Profession


2. The Failure Distribution
The Reliability Function / Mean Time to Failure / Hazard Rate Function / Bathtub Curve / Conditional Reliability / Summary

3. Constant Failure Rate Model
The Exponential Reliability Function / Failure Modes / Applications / The Two-Parameter Exponential Distribution / Poisson Processes / Redundancy and the CFR Model

4. Time-Dependent Failure Models
The Weibull Distribution / The Normal Distribution / The Lognormal Distribution / The Gamma Distribution

5. Reliability of Systems
Serial Configuration / Parallel Configuration / Combined Series-Parallel Systems / System Structure Function, Minimal Cuts, and Minimal Paths (Optional) / Common-Mode Failures / Three-State Devices

6. State-Dependent Systems
Markov Analysis / Load-Sharing System / Standby Systems / Degraded Systems / Three-State Devices / Simulating Dependent Systems

7. Physical Reliability Models
Covariate Models / Static Models / Dynamic Models / Physics-of-Failure Models

8. Design for Reliability
Reliability Specification and System Measurements / Reliability Allocation / Design Methods / Failure Analysis / System Safety and Fault Tree Analysis

9. The Repair Process
Analysis of Downtime / The Repair-Time Distribution / Stochastic Point Processes / System Repair Time / Reliability under Preventive Maintenance / State-Dependent Systems with Repair

10. Design for Maintainability
Maintenance Requirements / Design Methods / Human Factors and Ergonomics / Maintainability Prediction and Demonstration

11. Availability
Concepts and Definitions / Exponential Availability Model / System Availability / Inspection and Repair Availability Model


12. Data Collection and Empirical Methods
Data Collection / Empirical Methods / Static Life Estimation / Nonparametric Confidence Intervals

13. Identifying Failure and Repair Distributions
Identifying Candidate Distributions / Probability Plots and Least-Squares Curve-Fitting / Parameter Estimation / Confidence Intervals / Parameter Estimation for Covariate Models

14. Statistical Tests
Chi-Square Goodness-of-Fit Test / Bartlett's Test for the Exponential Distribution / Mann's Test for the Weibull Distribution / Kolmogorov-Smirnov Test for Normal and Lognormal Distributions / Anderson-Darling Test / Estimation and Tests for the Nhpp / On Fitting Distributions

15. Reliability Testing
Product Testing / Reliability Life Testing / Test Times Calculations / Burn-In Testing / Acceptance Testing / Accelerated Life Testing / Reliability Growth Testing


16. Reliability Estimation and Application
Case 1: Redundancy / Case 2: Burn-In Testing / Case 3: Preventive Maintenance Analysis / Case 4: Reliability Allocation / Case 5: Reliability Growth Testing / Case 6: Repairable System Analysis / Case 7: Multiply Censored Data / Case 8: Multiple Failure Modes / Case 9: Availability (Renewal Process) / Case 10: Availability (Minimal Repair Process)

17. Implementation
Objectives, Functions, and Processes / The Economics of Reliability and Maintainability and System Design / Organizational Considerations / Data Sources and Data Collection Methods / Product Liability, Warranties, and Related Matters / Software Reliability