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Reliability Theory and Practice (Dover Civil and Mechanical Engineering)
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(19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Sales Rank: #72114 in Books
- Published on: 2004-10-26
- Released on: 2004-10-26
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 8.50" h x .64" w x 5.51" l, .72 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 304 pages
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
A complete work, a milestone for reliability
By Paolo Giai Miniet
As correctly stated in the previous reviews about this book, we are dealing with a dated work ( first edition is dated back 1961...). Nevertheless the Bazowsky's work is, as matter of the fact, a masterpiece really well written and easy to read.
I bought this book with the aim of giving a theoretical frameset to the reliability tests we performed on the product we build in our factory with the goal of developing a judicious risk assessment for some kind of failures we observed during the lab tests and from the final users in the market, and I discovered in it much more.
Starting with the realibility concept and definition, passing through whareout and Chance effect the "reliability" subject is completely developed.
Peculiarly interesting are chapters 18-19 ("Reliability Design and consideration" and "Design Analysis examples"). Also chapter 8 ("Early failures and the life function of components") and 17 ("System maintenance, availability and dependability") are interesting by offering the reader immediately practical application.
Since the reliability science had a big development momentum in the Electronic component manufacturing/assembly industry you will find that most examples came from that background but it is not so difficult to abstract the theory in the field you work or you want to generalize about.
Finishing, this book as the rare quality of being complete: both from the theoretical and the practical point view. Since the theoretical stand point is well developed a strong mathematical and statistical background is needed for fully understanding the paperwork. Be aware of this. But the fatigue is well compensated with the results of having a clear picture of the subject. 5 stars with no doubt even If compared with the really low price of this new paperback edition.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent introduction to Reliability Analysis
By A. Tierman
Igor Bazovsky's 1961 Reliability Theory and Practice is newly available in a reprint edition by Dover Publications (2004). Once again, Dover should be thanked for restoring to availability a classic which, while dating to the earlier years, in this case, of reliability analysis in engineering, presents the field in exceptional clarity. Dover provides this service, moreover, at a price which is a small fraction of what most technical textbook publishers would charge for an exact reprint of even a forty-year-old textbook, or of what some used booksellers would demand for a remaining original edition in a discipline such as applied statistics (often much more than a new book would cost!). Contemporary texts frequently become mired in mathematical formulae, without presentation of a coherent, concrete idea of the area, so that is difficult to see the forest for the trees. Bazovsky's text is outstanding in explaining what reliability engineering and analysis is all about, in well-written, well-paced, well-organized, ordinary language. In order to fully understand the formulae which Bazovsky presents, one must have sufficient command of algebraic and exponential functions, some exposure to calculus, and an introductory level familiarity with statistics. Just the same, one could take the formulae on faith, and gain a substantial awareness of the issues and methods of reliability analysis, providing a decent foundation for more a more contemporary treatment of the field. Somewhere between, where many readers may be poised, the author presents in a logical, practically motivated exposition the fundamental ideas of reliability engineering, from simple failure rates, to more complicated systems, progressively introducing at a manageable pace such concepts as wearout, early failure, replacement strategies and policies, and series of components. Unlike authors who may initially introduce a subject in language accessible to a novice but rapidly change to an exclusive emphasis on complex mathematical relationships, Bazovsky maintains a conversational tone throughout, with explanation in plain language remaining dominant, even as progressively more complicated ideas are presented in symbolic language. Where formulas are presented, a rare balance is maintained between excessive derivational detail and a sincere effort to carry the reader along without undue frustration. The author's clear objective is to bring the reader along and to teach effectively, with concern for the student's developing understanding. Thus, this work remains an outstanding introduction to reliability theory and, thanks to Dover, can continue to provide a guide to those who are weary of an ethic of avoiding patiently-presented explanation and concrete, numerical examples which often seems to be de rigueur for professional self-respect among contemporary authors in quantitative applications.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent overview of the subject
This is a great book to learn an overview of Reliability Engineering. I havent yet finished reading it completely, but half way through, I find the material to be really easy to understand, extremely lucid way of explaining concepts and at every point the author keeps bringing the user back to how to use the concepts in practise. Although written in the 1960-70's, the text is still very accessible and current, though some of the modern concepts like Weibull's distributions, Renewal & Repairable systems might not be covered that well. But still a great place to start journey in the world of reliability. My suggestion - read this book to understand a broad overview from a very accomplished and experienced author and then pick some of the other good ones by Prof Ebeling or Prof Meeker. A must buy, if you want to learn quickly and nothing beats this price!