Reviews and Comments
" Apart from some early work on the reliability of
telephone systems, emphasis is placed on reliability during 1940/45 war,
where failure could be disastrous for the last thirty years there have
been numerous books published on " Reliability"( some 130 are listed in
K.B.Misra’s book ). The vast majority have been largely mathematical and
usually specific to one section or aspect of reliability. For many years
there has been the need for a comprehensive volume which would collate and
summarize all the knowledge which has been accumulated by experience in
reliability movement over this period.
Such a book is now available in K.B.Misra’s "
Reliability Analysis and Prediction : A Methodology Oriented Treatment ".
This book now provides the student, researcher or practical engineer, with
all the knowledge he requires for his particular application. As a
reviewer who pioneered reliability work in electronics for the Armed
Forces in the 1940s; has lectured extensively worldwide and has written
numerous books, including three books on reliability, the reviewer has
studied this book extensively and in his opinion it contains the most
complete coverage of any book on reliability yet written. This is
illustrated by the chapter headings, as follows: -Reliability Engineering:
An Overview; Reliability Mathematics; Reliability Data Analysis and
Management; Reliability Prediction from Stress Strength Models; System
Reliability Modelling; Reliability Evaluation Techniques; Maintainability
Analysis and finally, System Analysis through Fault Tree.
It may be argued that the book is too ‘voluminous’, but
there are few books published which are regarded as "landmarks" or
"milestones" in any technique or subject. Colloquially, they are known as
‘the Bible’ or fount of knowledge. Such a book for many years was
F.E.Terman’s " Radio Engineering". We now have a new ‘Bible’- K.B.Misra’s
"Reliability Analysis and Prediction: A Methodology Oriented Treatment".
The author is modest in claiming that this book, which is the outcome of
his more than 25 years of teaching and researching in the area, is going
to fill the gap which has been widely felt by practicing engineers, but
there is no doubt that this will be so. The appendices on ‘Some Useful
Definitions’ and on ‘ Description Computer Codes’ are particularly
In summary, reliability analysis, prediction,
reliability mathematics, algorithm organization and analysis of data,
reliability modelling and system reliability evaluation, system modelling
and maintainability analysis, plus four appendices of mathematical tables,
all add up to the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on the
"state-of-the-art" in reliability. Its should be on every engineer’s book
- G.W.A.Dummer, Editor-in Chief, Microelectronics and
Reliability,Pergamon Press, U.K., 1992 .
"… the book of K.B.Misra who is an internationally leading specialist
in reliability engineering is an outstanding and up to now surely the most
comprehensive text on the subject and will find numerous satisfying
- F. Beichelt, Germany, published in Optimization, 1992.
"This timely book by an expert with 25 years experience, summarizes the
latest developments in a subject that has advanced phenomenally in the
last three decades and provides the reader with all the methodological
tools necessary in one volume. Limitations of models, methods, procedures,
algorithms, and programmes are described. The latest developments in fault
tree analysis are well covered. Although the necessity, having a high
mathematical content, it will be a great value to a wide range of
practicing engineers, lectures and students. Each chapter has a
comprehensive list of references. "
- ASLIB BOOK GUIDE, 1992 .
" This is a beautiful textbook devoted to reliability fundamentals.
This book is intended to researchers, students and especially engineers
that do not have a previous background of basic reliability knowledge. The
effort is made towards presentation of methodologies for reliability
analysis and prediction. For example, after laying the basis of
reliability mathematics, the author uses the concept to present models for
reliability prediction by means of stress –strength approach, then passes
from units to systems and reviews the general Markov model among other
A complete chapter is devoted to one of the most
recently and frequently used method for reliability analysis and
prediction: fault tree analysis. Construction, simplification, evaluation
of fault trees are the basic steps. The analysis of the results of
evaluations, using measures of importance and sensitivity, plays a major
role. Example of 45 computer programmes with description of the target
computer type, performances and constraints end the book.
The references are very good, oriented mainly to the
Anglo-Saxon literature. Each chapter contains references arranged
chronologically. At the end of the book there is main list of references.
Each chapter has several examples, most of them with numerical
calculations. This improves readablity and deepens the understanding of
methods. There is good index list oriented to the main topics covered in
the book. A final comment contains a less usual but very nice comparison
between reliability phenomena and Indian philosophy.
- A. Pasculescu , Bucuresti, published in Zentral Blatt fur