This reference examines the engineering of both natural and human-made systems and the analysis of those systems. For the engineering of systems, the authors emphasize the process of bringing systems into being. Regarding analysis, they explore the improvement of systems already in existence. Includes a wealth of new and revised figures throughout. Features significant revisions and new material on Bringing Systems Into Being (Ch. 2); Conceptual Design (Ch. 3); Design For Supportability (Ch. 15); Design For Affordability - Life-Cycle Costing (Ch. 17). Adds material on the integration of design disciplines in the systems engineering. Concludes each chapter with new Summary Extensions. Provides a new supplier evaluation checklist. Includes a new appendix that lists 35 key related web sites. A useful reference for electrical, electronic, and automotive engineers, as well as professionals in the aeronautics, astronautics, and manufacturing industries.
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An introduction to systems engineering -- the process, the models and tools used in systems analysis, the design for operational feasibility, and systems engineering management.From the Back Cover:
Systems Engineering and Analysis
Benjamin S. Blanchard
Wolter J. Fabrycky
This book is about systems. It concentrates on the engineering of human-made systems and on systems analysis. In the first case, emphasis is ont he process of bringing systems into being, beginning with the identification of a need and extending through requirements determination, functional analysis and allocation, design synthesis and evaluation, validation, operation and support, and disposal. In the second case, focus is on the improvement of systems already in being. By employing the iterative process of analysis, evaluation, modification, and feedback most systems now in existence can be improved in their effectiveness, product quality, affordability, and stakeholder satisfaction.
Systems engineering may be defined and/or described as a technologically based interdisciplinary process for bringing systems, products, and structures (technical entities) into being. While the main focus is nominally on the entities themselves, systems engineering offers organizations a better strategy. Systems engineering is inherently oriented to considering "the end before the beginning" and concentrates on what the entities do before determining what the entities are.
Instead of offering systems or system elements and products per se, systems engineering focuses on designing, delivering, and sustaining functionality, a capability, or a solution. This strategic thinking is now being considered by forward-looking organizations in both the private and public sectors. It is applicable to most types of technical systems encompassing the domains of communication, defense, education, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, and others. The advancement and promulgation of this emerging strategy through education is the primary aim of this textbook.
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