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Reliability Design of Mechanical Systems

A Guide for Mechanical and Civil Engineers

  • Describes new parametric ALT methods for reliability quantitative test specifications (RQ)

  • Illustrated via several case studies, enabling mechanical and civil engineers to determine missing design parameters and achieve the targeted product reliability

  • Updated throughout and includes new chapter reflecting recent developments in fluid motion and mechanical vibration


Table of contents

About this book


The revised edition of this book offers an expanded overview of the reliability design of mechanical systems and describes the reliability methodology, including a parametric accelerated life test (ALT) plan, a load analysis, a tailored series of parametric ALTs with action plans, and an evaluation of the final designs to ensure the design requirements are satisfied.

It covers both the quantitative and qualitative approaches of the reliability design forming in the development process of mechanical products, with a focus on parametric ALT and illustrated via case studies. This new reliability methodology – parametric ALT should help mechanical and civil engineers to uncover design parameters improving product design and avoiding recalls. Updated chapters cover product recalls and assessment of their significance, modern definitions in reliability engineering, parametric accelerated life testing in mechanical systems, and extended case studies.

For this revised edition, one new chapter has been introduced to reflect recent developments in analysis of fluid motion and mechanical vibration. Other chapters are expanded and updated to improve the explanation of topics including structures and load analysis, failure mechanics, design and reliability testing, and mechanical system failure.

The broad scope gives the reader an overview of the state-of-the-art in the reliability design of mechanical systems and an indication of future directions and applications.  It will serve as a solid introduction to the field for advanced students, and a valuable reference for those working in the development of mechanical systems and related areas.


Reliability Quantitative Test Especification Life-stress Model Acceleration Factor Failure Mechanics Load Analysis Parametric ALT

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Reliability Association of KoreaSeoulKorea (Republic of)

About the authors

Dr. Seongwoo Woo has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering, and he has obtained PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M. He majored in energy system such as HVAC and its heat transfer, optimal design and control of refrigerator, reliability design of thermal components, and failure Analysis of thermal components in marketplace using the Non-destructive such as SEM & XRAY. In 1992–1997 he worked in the Agency for Defense Development, Chinhae, South Korea, where he was researcher in charge of Development of Naval Weapon Systems. In 2000-2010 he worked as a Senior Reliability Engineer in the Side-by-Side Refrigerator Division, Digital Appliance, SAMSUNG Electronics, where he focused on enhancing the life of refrigerators through accelerating life testing. Now he is working for the Reliability Association of Korea as chief engineer.

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