Reliability of Safety-Critical Systems: Theory and Applications

Reliability of Safety-Critical Systems: Theory and Applications

By: Marvin Rausand (author)Hardback

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Presents the theory and methodology for reliability assessments of safety-critical functions through examples from a wide range of applications Reliability of Safety-Critical Systems: Theory and Applications provides a comprehensive introduction to reliability assessments of safety-related systems based on electrical, electronic, and programmable electronic (E/E/PE) technology. With a focus on the design and development phases of safety-critical systems, the book presents theory and methods required to document compliance with IEC 61508 and the associated sector-specific standards. Combining theory and practical applications, Reliability of Safety-Critical Systems: Theory and Applications implements key safety-related strategies and methods to meet quantitative safety integrity requirements. In addition, the book details a variety of reliability analysis methods that are needed during all stages of a safety-critical system, beginning with specification and design and advancing to operations, maintenance, and modification control. The key categories of safety life-cycle phases are featured, including strategies for the allocation of reliability performance requirements; assessment methods in relation to design; and reliability quantification in relation to operation and maintenance. Issues and benefits that arise from complex modern technology developments are featured, as well as: Real-world examples from large industry facilities with major accident potential and products owned by the general public such as cars and toolsPlentiful worked examples throughout that provide readers with a deeper understanding of the core concepts and aid in the analysis and solution of common issues when assessing all facets of safety-critical systemsApproaches that work on a wide scope of applications and can be applied to the analysis of any safety-critical systemA brief appendix of probability theory for reference With an emphasis on how safety-critical functions are introduced into systems and facilities to prevent or mitigate the impact of an accident, this book is an excellent guide for professionals, consultants, and operators of safety-critical systems who carry out practical, risk, and reliability assessments of safety-critical systems. Reliability of Safety-Critical Systems: Theory and Applications is also a useful textbook for courses in reliability assessment of safety-critical systems and reliability engineering at the graduate-level, as well as for consulting companies offering short courses in reliability assessment of safety-critical systems.

About Author

MARVIN RAUSAND is Professor in the Department of Production and Quality Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. With more than thirty-five years of academic experience, he has published a high number of peer-reviewed articles in his areas of research interest, which include system reliability theory, risk analysis, maintenance optimization, and probabilistic modeling. Professor Rausand is the author of Risk Assessment: Theory, Methods, and Applications and System Reliability Theory: Models, Statistical Methods, and Applications, Second Edition, both published by Wiley.


Preface xii Acknowledgments xvii 1 Introduction 1 2 Concepts and Requirements 25 3 Failures and Failure Analysis 53 4 Testing and Maintenance 77 5 Reliability Quantification 91 6 Relaiability Data Sources 165 7 Demand Modes and Performance Measures 175 8 Average Probability of Failure on Demand 191 9 Average Frequency of Dangerous Failures 273 10 Common-Cause Failures 309 11 Imperfect Proof-Testing 343 12 Spurious Activation 359 13 Uncertainty Assessment 381 14 Closure 393 Appendix A Elements of Probability Theory 399 Acronyms 423 Symbols 427 Bibliography 431 Index 443

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781118112724
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 466
  • ID: 9781118112724
  • weight: 790
  • ISBN10: 1118112725

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