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Reliability engineering: Old problems and new challenges

E. Zio

Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 2009, vol. 94, issue 2, 125-141

Abstract: The first recorded usage of the word reliability dates back to the 1800s, albeit referred to a person and not a technical system. Since then, the concept of reliability has become a pervasive attribute worth of both qualitative and quantitative connotations. In particular, the revolutionary social, cultural and technological changes that have occurred from the 1800s to the 2000s have contributed to the need for a rational framework and quantitative treatment of the reliability of engineered systems and plants. This has led to the rise of reliability engineering as a scientific discipline.

Keywords: Reliability engineering; Safety; Risk analysis; Uncertainty; Complex systems (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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