Reliability and Maintainability of Components and Systems

Subject description

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.

The subject is taught in programs

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.

Teaching and learning methods

lectures, auditory practice, laboratory assignments, work at home/homeworks

Expected study results

After successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

– understand contemporary reliability science and engineering

– comprehend methods of reliability prediction on the level of components up to complex systems.

Basic sources and literature

Marko Topič, Zanesljivost in vzdrževanje komponent in sistemov, Zapiski predavanj, Založba FE in FRI, Ljubljana, 2014.

Patrick D. T. O'Connor, Practical Reliability Engineering, 2002.

Charles E. Ebeling, Introduction to Reliability and Maintainability Engineering, 2005.

Vee Narayan, Effective Maintenance Management: Risk and Reliability Strategies for Optimizing Performance, 2004.

Marko Topič, Zanesljivost in vzdrževanje komponent in sistemov, učbenik v pripravi.

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