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Human Factors and Reliability Engineering for Safety and Security in Critical Infrastructures

Decision Making, Theory, and Practice

  • Fabio De Felice
  • Antonella Petrillo


  • Presents a timely, up-to-date review of human factors in reliability

  • Includes numerous case studies on safety from industrial plants worldwide

  • Discusses the complexity of reliability management in industry and the infrastructure critical to society


Part of the Springer Series in Reliability Engineering book series (RELIABILITY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Fabio De Felice, Antonella Petrillo
    Pages 19-41
  3. Domenico Falcone, Alessandro Silvestri, Gianpaolo Di Bona, Antonio Forcina
    Pages 43-76
  4. Vanderley de Vasconcelos, Wellington Antonio Soares, Raíssa Oliveira Marques
    Pages 77-107
  5. Maritza Rodriguez Gual, Rogerio Rival Rodrigues, Vagner de Oliveira, Claudio Lopes Cunha
    Pages 155-170
  6. Fabio De Felice, Antonella Petrillo, Federico Zomparelli
    Pages 171-187

About this book


This book collects a high-quality selection of contemporary research and case studies on the complexity resulting from human/reliability management in industrial plants and critical infrastructures. It includes:

  • Human-error management issues—considering how to reduce human errors as much as possible.
  • Reliability management issues—considering the ability of a system or component to function under certain conditions for a specified period of time.

Thus, the book analyses globally the problem regarding the human and reliability management to reduce human errors as much as possible and to ensure safety and security in critical infrastructures.

Accidents continue to be the major concern in “critical infrastructures”, and human factors have been proved to be the prime causes to accidents. Clearly, human dynamics are a challenging management function to guarantee reliability, safety and costs reduction in critical infrastructures.

The book is enriched by figures, examples and extensive case studies and is a valuable reference resource for those with involved in disaster and emergency planning as well as researchers interested both in theoretical and practical aspects.


Reliability Management Human and Cognitive Factors Lifecycle Management Decision Support System Simulation and Modeling Human Error Management

Editors and affiliations

  • Fabio De Felice
    • 1
  • Antonella Petrillo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Civil and Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Cassino and Southern LazioCassino (FR)Italy
  2. 2.Department of EngineeringUniversity of Napoli “Parthenope”Napoli (NA)Italy

About the editors

Prof. Fabio De Felice holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently a professor at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy and a board member of several international organizations. He has pursued research on various problems concerning industrial plant engineering, ranging from the improvement of quality in productive processes, the simulation of industrial plants and support in multi-criteria techniques and decisions (analytic hierarchy process, analytic network process), to RAMS analysis and human reliability analysis.

Prof. Antonella Petrillo holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and received her PhD at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy. She is currently a researcher at the University of Naples “Parthenope” (Department of Engineering), Italy where she conducts research on multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA), industrial plants, logistics and safety.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Human Factors and Reliability Engineering for Safety and Security in Critical Infrastructures
  • Book Subtitle Decision Making, Theory, and Practice
  • Editors Fabio De Felice
    Antonella Petrillo
  • Series Title Springer Series in Reliability Engineering
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Ser Reliab Eng
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-62318-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87289-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-62319-1
  • Series ISSN 1614-7839
  • Series E-ISSN 2196-999X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 258
  • Number of Illustrations 20 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Quality Control, Reliability, Safety and Risk
    Mechanical Engineering
    Operations Research/Decision Theory
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