Springer Series in Reliability Engineering

Simulation Methods for Reliability and Availability of Complex Systems

Editors: Faulin Fajardo, J., Juan Perez, A.A., Martorell Alsina, S.S., Ramirez-Marquez, J.E. (Eds.)

  • Discusses the use of computer simulation-based techniques and algorithms to determine reliability and/or availability levels in complex systems and to support the improvement of these levels both at the design stage and during the system operating stage

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About this book

Complex systems have become ubiquitous and are essential to today’s society. The design of reliable complex systems and the determination of their availability are therefore very important tasks for managers and engineers. These tasks, however, can be extremely difficult to achieve, due to the fact that current analytical methods are often too complicated, time-consuming, inefficient, or even inappropriate, when dealing with real-life systems.

Simulation Methods for Reliability and Availability of Complex Systems discusses the use of computer simulation-based techniques and algorithms to determine reliability and availability (R&A) levels in complex systems, and to support the improvement of these levels both at the design stage and during the system operating stage. It presents current best practice in the field, as well as:

• sharing theoretical or applied models and decision support systems that make use of simulation to estimate and to improve system R&A levels;

• forecasting emerging technologies and trends in the use of computer simulation for R&A; and

• proposing hybrid approaches to the development of efficient methodologies designed to solve R&A-related problems in real-life systems.

Dealing with practical issues, Simulation Methods for Reliability and Availability of Complex Systems is designed to support managers and system engineers in the improvement of R&A, as well as providing a thorough exploration of the techniques and algorithms available for researchers, and for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Springer Series in Reliability Engineering publishes high-quality books in important areas of current theoretical research and development in reliability, and in areas that bridge the gap between theory and application in areas of interest to practitioners in industry, laboratories, business, and government.

About the authors

Javier Faulin is associate professor of statistics and operations research at the Public University of Navarra, Navarra, Spain. He is also a mentor and professor of operations research for the Spanish Open University (UNED), Madrid, Spain.

Dr Faulin has been a visiting professor at the University of Sabana, Bogotá, Colombia, and the University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada, and a visiting scholar at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, and University College of Business, Dublin, Ireland. He also spent three years at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, as associate lecturer in decision making in business, and in 2007 and 2008 was a professeur invité at the Université de Rennes, Rennes, France.

Angel A. Juan is an associate professor of simulation and data analysis at the Open University of Catalonia. He is also a lecturer of statistics at the Technical University of Catalonia.

Dr Juan has also been a teacher of mathematics and statistics at Elian's Boston School, Boston, USA; an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain; a teacher of mathematics and computer science for the Catalan government's Department of Education; assistant professor of applied statistics, simulation of computer networks and mathematics at the Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain; and a teacher of programming languages, computer networks and database management systems for the Catalan government's Department of Education.

Sebastián Martorell is associate professor in nuclear engineering and director of the Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, from which he also received his MSc and PhD.

Dr Martorell is vice-chairman of the European Safety and Reliability Association (ESRA). He is also a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Industrial Engineering.

Jose Emmanuel Ramirez-Marquez is assistant professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, USA. He is also director of the Quality Control and Reliability Engineering Division Board for the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Prior to receiving his PhD in 2004, Dr Ramirez-Marquez was an area officer for the Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico Servicio de Administracion Tributaria, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico, and a graduate assistant at Rutgers, New Brunswick, USA.

Reviews

The book does an excellent job in presenting theoretical and applied models that use simulation to estimate and improve system reliability and availability levels... Although a significant amount of literature exists on separate topics of simulation, reliability, availability, and maintenance, this book is one of the few that combine these topics in a coherent and constructive manner. Overall, the book provides a well-balanced mix of theory and application, written by a strong contingent of recognized experts from both industry and academia, and written for a diverse audience of practitioners and researchers.

Scott E. Grasman, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA (Interfaces 41(1))

This book is an excellent resource that covers an extensive and diverse range of materials on applying simulation for reliability, availability and maintainability study of complex systems. From basic theory on generating random variables to advanced topics on simulation sampling for rare events; from quality issues on data integration to safety problems on nuclear power plants; this book presents a wide spectrum of knowledge on simulation methods and applications. We are sure readers will benefit from this book.

Huairui Guo and Arai Monteforte, ReliaSoft Inc., USA (International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management 4(2))


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Reliability Estimation by Advanced Monte Carlo Simulation

    Zio, Enrico (et al.)

    Pages 3-39

  • Dynamic Fault Tree Analysis: Simulation Approach

    Rao, K. Durga (et al.)

    Pages 41-64

  • Analysis and Improvements of Path-based Methods for Monte Carlo Reliability Evaluation of Static Models

    Cancela, Héctor (et al.)

    Pages 65-84

  • Variate Generation in Reliability

    Leemis, Lawrence M.

    Pages 85-103

  • Simulation-based Methods for Studying Reliability and Preventive Maintenance of Public Infrastructure

    Gosavi, Abhijit (et al.)

    Pages 107-121

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eBook $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-84882-213-9
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Hardcover $269.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-84882-212-2
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Softcover $269.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4471-2552-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Simulation Methods for Reliability and Availability of Complex Systems
Editors
  • Javier Faulin Fajardo
  • Angel Alejandro Juan Perez
  • Sebastián Salvador Martorell Alsina
  • Jose Emmanuel Ramirez-Marquez
Series Title
Springer Series in Reliability Engineering
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-84882-213-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84882-213-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-84882-212-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4471-2552-5
Series ISSN
1614-7839
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 316
Number of Illustrations and Tables
185 b/w illustrations
Topics