Jaroslav Menčík

Prof. Jaroslav Menčík, originally mechanical engineer, has spent many years in technological and materials research at various institutions and universities in Czech Republic, Australia, Germany, UK, Japan, and other places. He is the author of two monographs on mechanical properties and many papers in scientific journals and conferences, with more than 1200 quotations. Since joining the University of Pardubice in 1996 he has been active in reliability engineering. He headed several grant projects and international scientific conferences on the topic. His lectures on reliability have been attended by students from various countries and branches: mechanical, civil and electrical engineering, transport technology, economy. With this extensive experience he decided to prepare a concise book for students and other people who want to get some insight into reliability, regardless their professional orientation. In writing, he put therefore emphasis on universal rules and methods.

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Our life is strongly influenced by the reliability of the things we use, as well as of processes and services. Failures cause losses in the industry and society. Methods for reliability assessment and optimization are thus very important. This book explains the fundamental concepts and tools. It is divided into two parts. Chapters 1 to 10 explain the basic terms and methods for the determination of reliability characteristics, which create the base for any reliability evaluation. In the second part (Chapters 11 to 23) advanced methods are explained, such as Failure Modes and Effects Analysis and Fault Tree Analysis, Load-Resistance interference method, the Monte Carlo simulation technique, cost-based reliability optimization, reliability testing, and methods based on Bayesian approach or fuzzy logic for processing of vague information. The book is written in a readable way and practical examples help to understand the topics. It is complemented with references and a list of standards, software and sources of information on reliability.

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