Complex System Maintenance Handbook

  • Khairy A. H. Kobbacy
  • D. N. Prabhakar Murthy

Part of the Springer Series in Reliability Engineering book series (RELIABILITY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. An Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. K. A. H. Kobbacy, D. N. P. Murthy
      Pages 3-18
  3. Evolution of Concepts and Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Liliane Pintelon, Alejandro Parodi-Herz
      Pages 21-48
    3. Jay Lee, Haixia Wang
      Pages 49-78
    4. Marvin Rausand, Jørn Vatn
      Pages 79-108
  4. Methods and Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Wenbin Wang
      Pages 111-131
    3. David F. Percy
      Pages 133-154
    4. Khairy A. H. Kobbacy
      Pages 209-231
  5. Problem Specific Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. Bo Henry Lindqvist
      Pages 235-261
    3. Robin P. Nicolai, Rommert Dekker
      Pages 263-286
    4. P. A. Scarf, J. C. Hartman
      Pages 287-319
    5. Gabriella Budai, Rommert Dekker, Robin P. Nicolai
      Pages 321-344
    6. Wenbin Wang
      Pages 345-370
  6. Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 371-371
    2. D. N. P. Murthy, N. Jack
      Pages 373-393
    3. D. N. P. Murthy, J. Pongpech
      Pages 395-415
    4. Ashraf Labib
      Pages 417-435
    5. Terje Aven
      Pages 437-458
    6. Uday Kumar, Aditya Parida
      Pages 459-478
    7. John E. Boylan, Aris A. Syntetos
      Pages 479-506
  7. Applications (Case Studies)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 507-507
    2. Jørn Vatn
      Pages 509-531
    3. Renyan Jiang, Xinping Yan
      Pages 533-557
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 643-657

About this book


The efficient functioning of modern society depends on the smooth operation of many complex systems which provide products and services. These include transport systems, communication systems, utilities, manufacturing plants, processing plants, hospitals and banks. Such systems are unreliable in the sense that they degrade with age and/or usage and fail when they are no longer capable of delivering the products and services. When a complex system fails, the consequences can be dramatic. It can result in serious economic losses, affect humans and do serious damage to the environment. These failures can be controlled through preventive maintenance actions.

Due to advances in the understanding of the physics of failure, and in the technologies used to combat this failure; the literature on maintenance of unreliable systems is vast. Complex System Maintenance Handbook is the first book to integrate this vast literature with chapters written by internationally-renowned active researchers and experienced practitioners focussing on different aspects of maintenance. Each chapter reviews the literature dealing with a particular aspect of maintenance, reports on developments and trends in a particular industry sector, or presents a case study.

Complex System Maintenance Handbook narrows the gap between theory and practice and will trigger new research on different aspects of maintenance. It will be of interest to maintenance engineers and managers working in industry, as well as researchers and graduate students in the fields of maintenance, industrial engineering and applied mathematics.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Khairy A. H. Kobbacy
    • 1
  • D. N. Prabhakar Murthy
    • 2
  1. 1.Management and Management Sciences Research InstituteUniversity of SalfordSalford, Greater ManchesterUK
  2. 2.Division of Mechanical EngineeringThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84800-010-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84800-011-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-7839
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