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Failure mode analysis

Failure mode analysis

Failure mode analysis

I am looking to find documentation about failure mode analysis in order to write a FMA procedure.  Does someone knows a good book or web site?

Thanks for helping

RE: Failure mode analysis

You will have to be a lot more specific on what you want.  Failure analysis is an entire field, that many professionals spend their entire career!  EXACTLY what do you want to know?  What types of devices / technology / etc?

RE: Failure mode analysis

My coleage (mechanical engineer) and me (electrical engineer) have to put Failure Mode and Effect Analysis procedure in place for the equipement that we have for our new petrochemichal plant.

As we will be in start up the plant this summer, we need a simplified FMEA procedure to solbve the problems that will occur at begining.  We will revise the procedure after to implement a complete FMEA procedure.

As I am new in the FMEA, I am looking for good books to understand the basis of FMEA and be able to implement such analysis in our plant.

Equipement invalved : Pumps, compressor, centrifuges, boillers, motors, control valve, instruments, analysers, heat exchangers, piping, towers, vessels, etc.

Thanks a lot!

RE: Failure mode analysis

See IEC 60812, available from:

Also helpful:
MIL-STD-1629 (FMEA - Obsolete)
MIL-HDBK-338 (Component Failure Mode Frequencies)
MIL-HDBK-217 (Component Failure Rates)

Copies can be downloaded for free from:

RE: Failure mode analysis

MIL-STD-1629A was the last military standard that describes procedures for FMEA.  

Tailoring is the watchword.  You could spend a lifetime doing a single FMEA, given the money.


RE: Failure mode analysis

Try Potential Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) published jointly by DC, Ford, and GM. It was produced under the auspicies of the American Soc. for QC (ASQC) and the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG). Call AIAG at 248-358-3003 for copies.

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