Component failures result from a combination of factors involving materials science, mechanics, thermodynamics, corrosion, and tribology. With the right guidance, you don't have to be an authority in all of these areas to become skilled at diagnosing and preventing failures. Based on the author's more than thirty years of experience, 'Practical Plant Failure Analysis - A Guide to Understanding Machinery Deterioration and Improving Equipment Reliability' is a down-to-earth guide to improving machinery maintenance and reliability. Taking a detailed and systematic approach, Practical Plant Failure Analysis thoroughly explains the four major failure mechanisms-wear, corrosion, overload, and fatigue-as well as how to identify them. The author clearly identifies how these mechanisms appear in various components and supplies convenient charts that demonstrate how to identify the specific causes of failure.