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Reliability engineering: Old problems and new challenges


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. In this paper, some considerations are shared with respect to a number of problems and challenges which researchers and practitioners in reliability engineering are facing when analyzing today's complex systems. The focus will be on the contribution of reliability to system safety and on its role within system risk analysis.
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hal-00610053 , version 1 (21-07-2011)


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Enrico Zio. Reliability engineering: Old problems and new challenges. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 2009, 94, pp.125-141. ⟨hal-00610053⟩
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