Fundamentals of Reliability Engineering and Applications (Part 1 of 3)

E. A. Elsayed
E. A. Elsayed is Professor II (Distinguished Professor) of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rutgers University. He is also the Director of the NSF/ Industry/ University Co-operative Research Center for Quality and Reliability Engineering. He was the Chair of ISE, Rutgers University from 1983 to 2001. His research interests are in the areas of quality and reliability more


This is a three parts lecture series. The parts will cover the basics and fundamentals of reliability engineering. Part 1 begins with introduction of reliability definition and other reliability characteristics and measurements. It will be followed by reliability calculation, estimation of failure rates and understanding of the implications of failure rates on system maintenance and replacements in Part 2. Then Part 3 will cover the most important and practical failure time distributions and how to obtain the parameters of the distributions and interpretations of these parameters. Hands-on computations of the failure rates and the estimation of the failure time distribution parameters will be conducted using standard Microsoft Excel. Part 1. Reliability Definitions 1. Reliability—Time dependent characteristic 2. Failure rate 3. Mean Time to Failure 4. Availability 5. Mean residual life

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