Systems Reliability Assessment

Proceedings of the Ispra Course held at the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros Navales, Madrid, Spain, September 19–23, 1988 in collaboration with Universidad Politecnica de Madrid

  • A. G. Colombo
  • A. Saiz de Bustamante
Conference proceedings

Part of the ISPRA Courses book series (ISPA, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Basic Reliability Methods and Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. M. Perlado
      Pages 23-43
    3. S. Sanz Fernandez de Cordoba
      Pages 45-64
    4. Julio González
      Pages 65-74
  3. Advances on Systems Reliability Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. S. Contini, A. Poucet
      Pages 77-102
    3. Andrea Bobbio
      Pages 103-143
    4. J. M. Izquierdo, M. Sanchez-Perea
      Pages 183-203
  4. Human Reliability and Uncertainty Analysis

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 305-310

About these proceedings


This book presents models and methods for systems reliability assessment, human reliability analysis and uncertainty management. It includes fourteen contributions which are grouped into three sections. Section 1 deals with basic reliability methods and applications. The papers by Saiz de Bustamante and Perlado introduce the stochastic processes and the Monte Carlo method, respectively. Sanz Fermandez de Cordoba and Gonzales discuss important practical implications of the use of reliability methods. The former refers to the aerospace industry. The latter considers nuclear power plants. Session 2 presents some advances in systems reliability techniques. The paper by Contini and Poucet illustrates the mathematical analysis of fault trees and event trees. It includes a discussion on the logical analysis of non-coherent fault trees and considerations on the major measures of criticality and importance of a component. The paper by Babbio is devoted to Petri nets. First, the formalism of this relatively new technique is given. Then, stochastic Petri nets are introduced as a tool to describe the behaviour of systems in time. Finally, by some fully developed examples, it is shown how this approach can be used to represent and evaluate complex stochastic systems. Limnios introduces the notion of failure delay systems and gives the lifetime structure for the evaluation of reliability measures. A reservoir is studied as an example of a failure delay system.


management reliability research safety uncertainty

Editors and affiliations

  • A. G. Colombo
    • 1
  • A. Saiz de Bustamante
    • 2
  1. 1.Commission of the European CommunitiesJoint Research Centre, Ispra SiteIspraItaly
  2. 2.Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros NavalesUniversidad Politecnica de MadridMadridSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6777-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0649-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1016-0485
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