Reliability and Maintainability of Components and Systems

Higher education teachers: Topič Marko
Credits: 7
Semester: winter
Subject code: 64698

Subject description


  • enrolment in 3rd year of studies “Applied Electrical Engineering”
  • conducted laboratory assignments present a condition for undertaking the final exam

Content (Syllabus outline):

Introduction to reliability. Lifetime and life cycle cost. Reliability and maintainability management.Reliability parameters. Distribution functions and their graphs. Ranging of data, graphical estimation of parameters.Reliability prediction of hardware: reliability models for components, multiplication factors, failure modes. Reliability of series systems, parallel systems, redundant system. Reliability block diagram, fault tree analysis, failure mode and criticallity analysis.Reliability testing. Accelerated testing. Production testing. Demonstrational testing. Lifetime testing.Reliability and quality assurance of software.Introduction to Maintainability. Maintainability parameters. Availability. Reliability centered maintainability. Maintenance concepts and analysis methods. Maintenance testing.Safety, risk and human factors.

Objectives and competences:

  • To acquire fundamental and contemporary knowledge about reliability and maintainability.
  • To learn about the methods for reliability prediction of components and systems.
  • To transfer theoretical knowledge of reliability and maintainability to real engineering world starting with components up to complex systems including software.

Intended learning outcomes:

  • Student will gain an overview of contemporary reliability science and engineering and comprehend the methods of reliability prediction on the level of components up to complex systems.

Learning and teaching methods:

  • lectures, auditory practice, laboratory assignments, work at home

Study materials

  1. Patrick D. T. O'Connor, Practical Reliability Engineering, 2002.
  2. Charles E. Ebeling, Introduction to Reliability and Maintainability Engineering, 2005.
  3. Vee Narayan, Effective Maintenance Management: Risk and Reliability Strategies for Optimizing Performance, 2004.

Study in which the course is carried out

  • 3 year - 1st cycle - Applied Electrical Engineering - Quality Engineering