Practical Weibull Analysis Monograph

Practical Weibull Analysis Monograph

by James McLinn

This book was initially created out of response for the expressed desire by many engineers for a simple, introductory group of topics on the applications of the Weibull distribution. While several larger texts and book chapters on Weibull techniques already exist, these may be found by some to be difficult to follow. This book was designed to be short, simple and to the point as well as aimed for most reliability and quality engineers. No prior extensive Weibull or statistical knowledge is assumed. The use of statistics is kept to a minimum and the background formulas shown where it would be useful to the reader. A wide variety of simple and useful examples are presented in the text. Only the last example runs for more than two pages. Excessive use of or dependence on statistical tools have been avoided because most engineers find the language of statistics to be foreign and often obscures the engineering or business point being studied. Show this book to your co-workers and when you are ready move beyond it to the specific chapter of another book that provides many more details. A detailed bibliography was provided for this purpose. A reading list exists at the end for additional topics related to Weibull. These are primarily from recent journals and cover events happening in Europe. For the first time there is also list of reliability web sites that relate to Weibull. These should help people quickly find Weibull applications and sources of software help.

The author also wishes to thank the many people who commented and suggested improvements on earlier versions. It is sometimes hard to believe that this has evolved into a fourth edition. The articles that began this book were first published in December 1993. People who helped to stimulate changes and better understanding in this edition include Walt Thomas of NASA, John Berner of Minneapolis and Harold Williams of the Reliability Review. I thank them for their insightful comments and encouragement. The largest thanks go to my wife Connie McLinn who provided a thorough review of the manuscript and timely comments.

This edition has received a thorough scrutiny by a number of readers and helpful and suggestive changes. It also incorporates a number of improvements to the topics and additional details to calculations. I want to thank all of the readers who took the time to call or contact me with their questions and comments.


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