Reliability Theory

With Applications to Preventive Maintenance

  • Ilya Gertsbakh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Ilya Gertsbakh
    Pages 17-40
  3. Ilya Gertsbakh
    Pages 41-66
  4. Ilya Gertsbakh
    Pages 139-150
  5. Ilya Gertsbakh
    Pages 151-160
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 161-219

About this book


The material in this book was first presented as a one-semester course in Relia­ bility Theory and Preventive Maintenance for M.Sc. students of the Industrial Engineering Department of Ben Gurion University in the 1997/98 and 1998/99 academic years. Engineering students are mainly interested in the applied part of this theory. The value of preventive maintenance theory lies in the possibility of its imple­ mentation, which crucially depends on how we handle statistical reliability data. The very nature of the object of reliability theory - system lifetime - makes it extremely difficult to collect large amounts of data. The data available are usu­ ally incomplete, e.g. heavily censored. Thus, the desire to make the course material more applicable led me to include in the course topics such as mod­ eling system lifetime distributions (Chaps. 1,2) and the maximum likelihood techniques for lifetime data processing (Chap. 3). A course in the theory of statistics is aprerequisite for these lectures. Stan­ dard courses usually pay very little attention to the techniques needed for our purpose. A short summary of them is given in Chap. 3, including widely used probability plotting. Chapter 4 describes the most useful and popular models of preventive main­ tenance and replacement. Some practical aspects of applying these models are addressed, such as treating uncertainty in the data, the role of data contamina­ tion and the opportunistic scheduling of maintenance activities.


Mathematica Poisson process Variance maintenance quality reliability statistics uncertainty

Authors and affiliations

  • Ilya Gertsbakh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsBen Gurion UniversityBeershevaIsrael

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08665-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04236-6
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