An overview

Kobbacy, K. A. H. and Murthy, D. N. P. (2008). An overview. In K. A. N. Kobbacy and D. N. P. Murthy (Ed.), Complex System Maintenance Handbook (pp. 3-20) United Kingdom: Springer Verlag London Limited. doi:10.1007/978-1-84800-011-7

Author Kobbacy, K. A. H.
Murthy, D. N. P.
Title of chapter An overview
Title of book Complex System Maintenance Handbook
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Springer Verlag London Limited
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-1-84800-011-7
Year available 2008
Series Springer Series in Reliability Engineering
ISBN 1848000103
Editor K. A. N. Kobbacy
D. N. P. Murthy
Chapter number 1
Start page 3
End page 20
Total pages 21
Total chapters 25
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subjects B1
0913 Mechanical Engineering
970101 Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences
Abstract/Summary The efficient functioning of modern society depends on the smooth operation of many complex systems comprised of several pieces of equipment that provide a variety of products and services. These include transport systems (trains, buses, ferries, ships and aeroplanes), communication systems (television, telephone and computer networks), utilities (water, gas and electricity networks), manufacturing plants (to produce industrial products and consumer durables), processing plants (to extract and process minerals and oil), hospitals (to provide services) and banks (for financial transactions) to name a few. All equipment is unreliable in the sense that it degrades with age and/or usage and fails when it is no longer capable of delivering the products and services. When a complex system fails, the consequences can be dramatic. It can result in serious economic losses, affect humans and do serious damage to the environment as, for example, the crash of an aircraft in flight, the failure of a sewage processing plant or the collapse of a bridge.
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