Fundamentals of Reliability

  • A. P. Teixeira
  • C. Guedes SoaresEmail author
Part of the Springer Series in Reliability Engineering book series (RELIABILITY)


This chapter aims at introducing the basic concepts and techniques relevant for reliability and availability analysis of systems. It starts by introducing the basic reliability concepts and the most important reliability models. The techniques commonly used for evaluating the reliability of systems with different configurations including series, parallel, series–parallel, and k-out-of-n, standby and more complex systems are then addressed. Finally, the availability concept and the reliability considerations for repairable components and systems are also addressed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Marine Technology and Engineering (CENTEC)Technical University of Lisbon, Instituto Superior TécnicoLisbonPortugal

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