Chapter 5. Design for Reliability

  1. Myer Kutz
  1. B.S. Dhillon

Published Online: 23 MAR 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470168202.ch5

Environmentally Conscious Mechanical Design

Environmentally Conscious Mechanical Design

How to Cite

Dhillon, B.S. (2007) Design for Reliability, in Environmentally Conscious Mechanical Design (ed M. Kutz), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470168202.ch5

Editor Information

  1. Dermal, New York, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Ottawa, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Ottawa, Ontario, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 MAR 2007
  2. Published Print: 14 MAR 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471726364

Online ISBN: 9780470168202



  • engineering design-related failures;
  • design process impact on product reliability;
  • bathtub hazard rate curve;
  • reliability configurations;
  • failure modes and effect analysis (FMEA)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Common Reliability Terms and Definitions

  • Design Failures and their Common Reasons

  • Design Process Aspects with Respect to Product Reliability

  • Bathtub Hazard Rate Curve

  • General Reliability-Related Formulas

  • Reliability Configurations

  • Reliability Evaluation Methods

  • Reliability Allocation Methods

  • Human Reliability and Common-Cause Failures

  • Failure Data Sources and Reliability Standards