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Reliability Engineering

Theory and Practice

  • Presents design guidelines for reliability, maintainability, and software quality

  • Offers checklists for design reviews

  • Features more than 100 practice-oriented examples

  • Based on over 30 years of industrial and academic experience


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Alessandro Birolini
    Pages 25-80
  3. Alessandro Birolini
    Pages 81-111
  4. Alessandro Birolini
    Pages 112-143
  5. Alessandro Birolini
    Pages 169-310
  6. Alessandro Birolini
    Pages 311-368
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 385-651

About this book


This book shows how to build in and assess reliability, availability, maintainability, and safety (RAMS) of components, equipment, and systems. It presents the state-of-the-art of reliability (RAMS) engineering, in theory & practice, and is based on over 30 years author's experience in this field, half in industry and half as Professor of Reliability Engineering at the ETH, Zurich. The book structure allows rapid access to practical results. Methods & tools are given in a way that they can be tailored to cover different RAMS requirement levels. Thanks to Appendices A6 - A8 the book is mathematically self-contained, and can be used as a text book or as a desktop reference with a large number of tables (60), figures (210), and examples / exercises (220, of which 80 as problems for homework). The request for a Chinese translation of this book and the very high eBook requirements ( > 10,000 per year since 2013) were the motivation for this final edition, the 13th since 1985, including German editions. Extended and carefully reviewed to improve accuracy, it represents the continuous improvement effort to satisfy reader's needs and confidence. New are an introduction to risk management with structurally new models based on semi- Markov processes & to the concept of mean time to accident, reliability & availability of a k-out-of-n redundancy with arbitrary repair rate for n - k=2, 10 new homework problems, and refinements, in particular, on multiple failure mechanisms, approximate expressions for large complex systems, data analysis, comments on , MTBF, MTTF, MTTR, R, PA.


Aerospace Chemical Manufacturing Energy, Utilities and Environment Materials and Steel Oil, Gas and Geosciences

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centro Storico – BargelloFirenzeItaly

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods
Materials & Steel
Energy, Utilities & Environment
Oil, Gas & Geosciences


“The book presents in a very balanced way theory and aspects of practical implementation, offering to the reader a reference point for the most important and widely used methods. … this is an excellent book that can stand as a reference point for scientists and practitioners working on reliability engineering as it presents in a comprehensive and  understandable way both basic and advanced relevant concepts.” (Athanasios Kolios, The Aeronautical Journal, Vol. 123 (1266), August, 2019)

“This book shows how to build in and assess reliability, availability, maintainability, and safety (RAMS) into components, equipment, and systems. It presents the state of the art of RAMS with respect to both theory and practice of the discipline. The book structure allows rapid access to practical results. … the book is extremely well-written. This reviewer recommends the book strongly both as a desktop reference and an instructional text.” (Kenneth P. LaSala, Reliability Society Newsletter, Vol. 63 (3), November, 2017)