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Handbook of Performability Engineering

ISBN-10: 1848001304
ISBN-13: 978-1848001312

The performance of a product, a system or a service is usually judged in terms of dependability (which can be defined as an aggregate of quality, reliability, and maintainability etc.) and safety, not overlooking the cost of achieving these attributes. As of now, dependability and cost effectiveness are primarily seen as instruments for conducting the international trade in the free market environment and thereby deciding the economic prosperity of a nation. However, the internalization of the hidden costs of environment preservation will have to be accounted for, sooner or later, in order to be able to produce sustainable products in the long run. These factors cannot be considered in isolation of each other.

The “Handbook of Performability Engineering” considers all aspects of performability engineering, providing a holistic view of the entire life cycle of activities of the product, along with the associated cost of environmental preservation at each stage, while maximizing the performance. Considers all aspects of performability engineering · Provides a holistic view of the entire life cycle of the product · Includes the associated cost of environmental preservation, while maximizing performance.

The Handbook consists of 76 chapters contributed by 100 authors from all over the world.



Handbook of Performability Engineering




Chapter # Title and Authors Page #
1 Performability Engineering: An Essential Concept in the 21st Century
Krishna B. Misra, India
2 Engineering Design: A Systems Approach
Krishna B. Misra, India
3 A Practitioner’s View of Quality, Reliability and Safety
Patrick D.T. O’Connor, U.K.
4 Product Design Optimization
Masataka Yoshimura, Japan
5 Constructing a Product Design for the Environmental Process
Daniel P. Fitzgerald, Jeffrey W. Herrmann, Peter A. Sandborn, Linda C. Schmidt and H. Gogoll Thornton, U.S.A.
6 Dependability Considerations in the Design of a System
Krishna B. Misra, India
7 Designing Engineering Systems for Sustainability
Peter Sandborn and Jessica Myers, U.S.A.
8 The Management of Engineering
Patrick D.T. O’Connor, U.K.
9 Engineering Versus Marketing: An Appraisal in a Global Economic Environment
Hwy-Chang Moon, South Korea
10 The Performance Economy: Business Models for the Functional Service Economy
Walter R. Stahel, Switzerland
11 Cleaner Production and Industrial Ecology: A Dire Need for 21st Century Manufacturing
Leo Baas, The Netherlands
12 Quality Engineering and Management
Krishna B. Misra, India
13 Quality Engineering: Control, Design and Optimization
Qianmei Feng and Kailash C. Kapur, U.S.A.
14 Statistical Process Control
V.N.A. Naikan, India
15 Engineering Process Control: A Review
V.K. Butte and L.C. Tang, Singapore
16 Six Sigma: Status and Trends
U. Dinesh Kumar, India
17 Computer Based Robust Engineering
Rajesh Jugulum and Jagmeet Singh, U.S.A.
18 Integrating a Continual Improvement Process with the Product Development Process
Vivek “Vic” Nanda, U.S.A.
19 Reliability Engineering: A Perspective
Krishna B. Misra, India
20 Tampered Failure Rate Load-sharing Systems: Status and Perspectives
Suprasad V. Amari,,U.S.A., Krishna B. Misra, India and Hoang Pham, U.S.A.
21 O(kn) Algorithms for Analyzing Repairable and Non-repairable k-out-of-n:G Systems
Suprasad V. Amari,U.S.A. Ming J. Zuo, Canada and Glenn Dill, U.S.A.
22 Imperfect Coverage Models: Status and Trends
Suprasad V. Amari, Albert Myers,U.S.A., Antoine Rauzy, France, and Kishor Trivedi, U.S.A.
23 Reliability of Phased-mission Systems
Liudong Xing and Suprasad V. Amari, U.S.A.
24 Reliability of Semi-Markov Systems in Discrete Time: Modeling and Estimation
Vlad Stefan Barbu and Nikolaos Limnios, France
25 Binary Decision Diagrams for Reliability Studies
Antoine B. Rauzy, France
26 Field Data Analysis for Repairable Systems: Status and Industry Trends
David Trindade and Swami Nathan, U.S.A.
27 Reliability Degradation of Mechanical Components and Systems
Liyang Xie, and Zheng Wang, China
28 New Models and Measures for Reliability of Multi-state Systems
Yung-Wen Liu, and Kailash C. Kapur, U.S.A.
29 A Universal Generating Function in the Analysis of Multi-state Systems
Gregory Levitin, Israel
30 New Approaches for Reliability Design in Multistate Systems
Jose Emmanuel Ramirez-Marquez, U.S.A.
31 New Approaches to System Analysis and Design: A Review
Hong-Zhong Huang and Liping He, China
32 Optimal Reliability Design of a System
Bhupesh Lad, M.S. Kulkarni, and Krishna B. Misra, India
33 MIP: A Versatile Tool for Reliability Design of a System
S.K. Chaturvedi and Krishna B. Misra, India
34 Reliability Demonstration in Product Validation Testing
Andre Kleyner, U.S.A.
35 Quantitative Accelerated Life Testing and Data Analysis
Pantelis Vassiliou, Adamantios Mettas and Tarik El-Azzouzi, U.S.A.
36 HALT and HASS Overview: The New Quality and Reliability Paradigm
Gregg K. Hobbs, U.S.A.
37 Modeling Count Data in Risk and Reliability Engineering
Seth D. Guikema and Jeremy P. Coffelt, U.S.A.
38 Fault Tree Analysis
Liudong Xing and Suprasad V. Amari, U.S.A.
39 Common Cause Failure Modeling: Status and Trends
Per Hokstad and Marvin Rausand, Norway
40 A Methodology for Promoting Reliable Human–System Interaction
Joseph Sharit, U.S.A
41 Risk Analysis and Management: An Introduction
Krishna B. Misra, India
42 Accidents Analysis of Complex Systems Based on System Control for Safety
Takehisa Kohda, Japan
43 Probabilistic Risk Assessment
Mohammad Modarres, U.S.A.
44 Risk Management
Terje Aven, Norway
45 Risk Governance: An Application of Analytical-deliberative Policy Making
Ortwin Renn, Germany
46 Maintenance Engineering and Maintainability: An Introduction
Krishna B. Misra, India
47 System Maintenance: Trends in Management and Technology
Uday Kumar, Sweden
48 Maintenance Models and Optimization
Lirong Cui, China
49 Replacement and Preventive Maintenance Models
Toshio Nakagawa, Japan
50 Effective Fault Detection and CBM Based on Oil Data Modeling and DPCA
Viliam Makis and Jianmou Wu, Canada
51 Sustainability: Motivation and Pathways for Implementation
Krishna B. Misra, India
52 Corporate Sustainability: Some Challenges for Implementing and Teaching Organizational Risk Management in a Performability Context
Rod S. Barratt, U.K.
53 Towards Sustainable Operations Management
Alison Bettley and Stephen Burnley, U.K
54 Indicators for Assessing Sustainability Performance
P. Zhou and B.W. Ang, Singapore
55 Sustainable Technology
Ronald Wennersten, Sweden
56 Biotechnology: Molecular Design in a Globalizing World
M.C.E. van Dam-Mieras, The Netherlands
57 Nanotechnology: A New Technological Revolution in the 21st Century
Ronald Wennersten, Jan Fidler and Spitsyna Anna, Sweden
58 An Overview of Reliability and Failure Modes Analysis of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMs)
Zhibin Jiang and Yuanbo Li, China
59 Amorphous Hydrogenated Carbon Nanofilm
Dechun Ba and Zeng Lin, China
60 Applications of Performability Engineering Concepts
Krishna B. Misra, India
61 Reliability in the Medical Device Industry
Vaishali Hegde, U.S.A
62 A Task-based Six Sigma Roadmap for Healthcare Services
L.C. Tang, Shao-Wei Lam and Thong-Ngee Goh, Singapore
63 Status and Recent Trends in Reliability for Civil Engineering Problems
Achintya Haldar, U.S.A.
64 Performability Issues in Wireless Communication Network
S. Soh, Australia, Suresh Rai, and R.R. Brooks, U.S.A.
65 Performability Modeling and Analysis of Grid Computing
Yuan-Shun Dai, U.S.A. and Gregory Levitin, Israel
66 Status and Trends in the Performance Assessment of Fault Tolerant Systems
John Kontoleon, Greece
67 Prognostics and Health Monitoring of Electronics
Nikhil Vichare, Brian Tuchband and Michael Pecht, U.S.A.
68 RAMS Management of Railway Tracks
Narve Lyngby, Per Hokstad, Jorn Vatn, Norway
69 Cost-Benefit Optimization Including Maintenance for Structures by a Renewal Model
Rüdiger Rackwitz and Andreas Joanni, Germany
70 Reliability and Price Assessment and the Associated Risk Control for Restructured Power Systems
Y. Ding, Ming Zuo and Peng Wang, Canada
71 Probabilistic Risk Assessment for Nuclear Power Plants
Peter Kafka, Germany
72 Software Reliability and Fault-tolerant Systems: An Overview and Perspectives
Hoang Pham, U.S.A.
73 Application of the Lognormal Distribution to Software Reliability Engineering
Swapna S. Gokhale and Robert E. Mullen, U.S.A.
74 Early-stage Software Product Quality Prediction Based on Process Measurement Data
Shigeru Yamada, Japan
75 On the Development of Discrete Software Reliability Growth Models
P.K. Kapur, P.C. Jha and V.B. Singh, India
76 Epilogue
Krishna B. Misra, India
About the Editor 1271
About the contributors 1273
Index 1295


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Review & Comments

Performability Engineering has as its scope the evaluation of all aspects of system performance. This encompasses the evaluation of the reliability of the system, its costs, its sustainability, its quality, its safety, its risk, and all of its performance outputs. In covering this broad scope, the objective is to provide a unified framework for comparing and integrating all aspects of system performance. This provides the manager and decision-maker with a complete, consistent picture of the system. This is the promise and exciting prospect of Performability Engineering.

The chapters included in this handbook are diverse and represent the vitality of the different aspects of Performability Engineering. There are management-oriented chapters on the roles of reliability, safety, quality assurance, risk management, and performance management in the realm of performability management. There are chapters providing overview and the state-of-the-art on basic approaches being used in various disciplines. There are original technical contributions describing new methods and tools. Finally, there are chapters focusing on design and operational applications. The reader therefore has a veritable garden from which to feast from this impressive collection of chapters in the handbook.

In short, it is expected that this handbook will be found to be very useful by practicing engineers and researchers of the 21st Century in pursuing this challenging and relevant area for sustainable development.

Dr William Vesely, Manager, Risk Assessment, Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, NASA

The editor of the present Handbook of Performability Engineering, Dr. Krishna B. Misra, a retired eminent professor of the Indian Institute of Technology, took to reliability nearly four decades ago and is a renowned scholar of reliability. Professor Misra was awarded a plaque by IEEE Reliability Society, in 1995, “in recognition of his meritorious and outstanding contributions to Reliability Engineering and furthering of Reliability Engineering Education and Development in India”. Upon his retirement in 2005 from IIT, Kharagpur, where he established the first ever Reliability Engineering Centre in India and the postgraduate course in Reliability Engineering in 1982, he launched the International Journal of Performability Engineering in 2005 and has since led the journal as its inaugural Editor-in-Chief.

…. The timely publication of this handbook necessarily reflects the changing scenario of the 21st century’s holistic view of designing, producing and using products, systems or services which satisfy the performance requirements of a customer to the best possible extent.

Having reviewed the contents of this voluminous handbook, and its contributed chapters, I find it clearly covers the entire canvas of performability: quality, reliability, maintainability, safety and sustainability. The handbook addresses how today’s systems need to be not only dependable (implying survivability and safety) but also sustainable. Modern systems need to be addressed in a practical way instead of simply as a mathematical abstract, often bearing no physical meaning at all. In fact, performability engineering not only aims at producing products, systems and services that are dependable but also involves developing economically viable and safe processes of modern technologies, including clean production that entails minimal environmental pollution. Performability engineering extends the traditionally defined performance requirements to incorporate the modern notion of requiring optimal quantities of material and energy in order to yield safe and reliable products that can be disposed of without causing any adverse effects on the environment at the end of their life cycle.

The chapters included in this handbook have undergone a thorough review and have been carefully devised. These chapters collectively address the issues related to performability engineering. I expect the handbook will create an interest in performability and will bring about the intended interaction between various players of performability engineering.

I firmly believe this handbook will be widely used by the practicing engineers as well as serve as a guide to students and teachers, who have an interest in conducting research in the totality of performance requirements of the modern systems of practical use. I would also like to congratulate Dr. Misra once again for taking the bold initiative of editing this historical volume.

Way Kuo, Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, President, City University of Hong Kong, Formally Dean of Engineering and University Distinguished Professor, University of Tennessee

I was truly impressed by its overall appearance, layout, diversity of chapters and the impressive amount of work you, personally, have put into it. No doubt, this is the first book, which interrelates the subject matter of the various chapters to the platform of Performability. .. One has to learn a lot by going deeper into the various contributions and certainly, this book will stand as one which will motivate more work by many new researchers in the coming years.

John Kontoleon, Professor, ECE Department, Aristotle University, Greece

This is an excellent handbook that covers comprehensive topics including engineering design, system reliability modeling, safety analysis and perspectives, design optimization, environmental risk analysis, engineering management, roadmap for sustainability, performance economical analysis, quality management and engineering, process control, six sigma, robust design, continuous improvements, load-sharing system analysis, repairable system reliability, multiple phase-mission system reliability and imperfect coverage, Markov and Semi-Markov system reliability analysis, field data analysis, multi-state system reliability analysis, optimization, accelerated life testing, fault trees, common cause analysis, human-system interaction analysis, safety control analysis, probabilistic risk assessment, risk analysis and management, maintenance, sustainability, performability, replacement policies, MEMS, medical device analysis, electro and mechanical reliability assessment, Wireless communication network reliability, distributed system computing, fault-tolerant system reliability, software reliability, and reliability growth models.

I am sure that many, if not all, practitioners and researchers in the areas of reliability, safety, maintainability and related fields, including beginning students who are majoring or thinking of entering in reliability/performability research, will find this Handbook useful in many ways – looking for methodologies, solutions, problems or research ideas

Hoang Pham, Professor & Chair, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Rutgers University

Performability engineering is defined as aggregative effort in achieving desired levels of sustainability, safety, quality, reliability and maintainability of products, systems or services. The scope of this complex discipline is extremely wide: from evaluating and optimizing system cost, quality and reliability to estimating and mitigating associated risks. All these aspects are based on analysis of system performance, which urges analysts to elaborate a unified framework for solving different problems based on a holistic view of designing, producing and using the systems. Developing such unified framework for providing decision-makers with complete and consistent information is primary goal of performability engineering.

Handbook of Performability Engineering” is the first handbook, which integrates the subject matter of the various analytical and practical approaches within the wide platform of performability. Some of the chapters present design and operational applications. Other chapters are management-oriented and address reliability, safety, quality assurance, risk management, and performance management. Original technical contributions describing new methods and tools complemented by overviews presenting the state-of-the-art of basic approaches related to performability engineering. Looking to the number of pages in each chapter and the arrangement of chapters, it can be said that the editor has carefully devised this voluminous Handbook, which in some way appears to be a compendium to his effort when he launched the International Journal of Performability Engineering in 2005 to bring different players in the constituent areas of performability engineering to a common platform of interaction.

The reviewer contends that this handbook will be widely used by the practicing engineers and managers in the areas of reliability, safety, sustainability and related fields. It can also serve as a guide to students and teachers as well as a useful asset to researchers looking for ideas, methodologies, problems and solutions. I believe that the handbook will create an increasing interest in performability engineering and will stimulate interaction between researchers working in different fields related to performability engineering. I would like to congratulate Dr. Misra for editing this historical volume.

Gregory Levitin, The Israel Electric Corporation Ltd.