After a brief general discussion on the importance of reliability in shipboard automation systems, and an explanation of some practical aspects of reliability theory in relation to electronic components, the Author discusses the influence, on reliability, of various components in the system. The application of statistics to the study of reliablity is then briefly considered, together with the causes of failures and the need to carry spare parts in the ship, and system and component efficiency is discussed. An outline is given of the principles and practice, suggested by experience, that should be followed in the quest for optimum reliability, and a number of conclusions are drawn. It must be recognised that there are still difficulties in the evaluation of reliability, and the success of a system depends on the actions and attitudes of the shipowner, the manufacturer, and the shipbuilder. The interests of these three parties may conflict, but can be reconciled. Automation is now a technical and social necessity and plays an extremely important role in operating the ship, but it should not be overlooked that many failures are due not so much to the equipment as to the way it is applied. Order from BSRA as No. 49,492.

  • Authors:
    • Bonaria, L
  • Publication Date: 1978-3


  • Italian

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  • Accession Number: 00188740
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1979 12:00AM