Risk and Reliability for Engineers


Robert Lanzafame
Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Keywords: probability, design, risk, uncertainty, reliability


This book covers a wide range of topics that involve the use of probability to solve problems in engineering design and research. Although it is relevant for a wide range of disciplines, it draws heavily on the fields of civil engineering, environmental engineering and the geosciences. Specific topics include risk analysis, probabilistic design, reliability-based design (component and system reliability). Future versions of this book will include additional applications of probability theory related to continuous distributions, extreme value analysis and expanded chapters on component and system reliability. A number of practical examples and exercises are included, both analytic and numerical, some of which use an interactive feature that allows Python code to be used in the web browser without any additional software installation.

Author Biography

Robert Lanzafame, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Robert Lanzafame is a Senior Lecturer in the Civil Engineering and Geosciences Faculty at Delft University of Technology. He teaches applied courses related to risk, reliability and flood protection, as well as fundamentals of modelling, uncertainty, data and programming for all types of civil and environmental engineers and geoscientists.


February 29, 2024


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