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Reliability, Maintainability and Risk, 9th Edition by David J. Smith

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Chapter 1

The History of Reliability and Safety Technology

Abstract

This chapter provides a historical background to the subject, introduces the difference between hazardous and non-hazardous failures, emphasises the difference between predicted and achieved reliability and between quantitative and qualitative assessment. It touches on the main defences against failure. The design life cycle is introduced and the contractual and legal reasons for interest are explained.

Keywords

reliability
hazardous failure
prediction
safety-integrity
RAMS
life-cycle
Safety and Reliability engineering did not develop as a unified discipline, but grew as a result of integrating a number of activities such as hazard identification, failure rate data collection, ...

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