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Course module: 191852630
Reliability Engineering & Maintenance Management
Course infoSchedule
Course module191852630
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. E. Topan
dr. M.C. van der Heijden
dr. E. Topan
Contactperson for the course
dr. E. Topan
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Nowadays, the reliability of advanced capital goods is an issue of increasing importance, given high uptime requirements and  the serious consequences of unexpected downtime. Examples are downtime of manufacturing equipment of in the semiconductor industry (by ASML) leading to costly loss of production, downtime of MRI and CT scanners (by Philips Healthcare) in hospitals causing delay in treatment of patients, and downtime of baggage handling systems at airports (by Vanderlande Industries) causing baggage missing flights and dissatisfied passengers. In this course, we outline the main aspects related to system upkeep, focusing on balancing system availability of capital goods as mentioned above versus logistics costs during the system life cycle. Specifically, we consider techniques for reliability analysis during system design, approaches to design maintenance concepts and techniques for maintenance optimization.

Learning objectives: 
After successfully completing this course, the student:
  • Has understanding of the key decisions to be taken for maintenance of production systems and their relation within a maintenance concept;
  • Has understanding of various methods for the analysis of system reliability in the design phase as well as the operational phase and their applicability;
  • Has understanding of new technological advances in maintenance management such as remote monitoring and prognostics;
  • Is able to analyze failure data;
  • Is able to carry out a basic system reliability study;
  • Is able to construct basic models for preventive maintenance optimization;
  • Is able to construct basic models for optimization of condition based maintenance;
  1. Introduction to reliability engineering and maintenance management;
  2. System reliability calculations;
  3. Fault tree analysis (FTA);
  4. Failure mode, effect and criticality analysis (FMECA);
  5. Reliability data analysis;
  6. Maintenance concepts;
  7. Optimization of time/usage based preventive maintenance intervals, and clustering of its maintenance jobs;
  8. Optimization of condition based maintenance, and clustering of its maintenance jobs;
Reliability and Maintenance in practice (two guest lectures by two major companies in the domain)
Assumed previous knowledge
151300 Wiskunde en Programmeren I
151305 Wiskunde en programmeren II
151310 Wiskunde en programmeren III
153042 Statistiek en kansrekening
153043 Statistische technieken
158075 Deterministische modellen in de OR
412101 Logistiek management

153021, 158017, 158006
153088 Stochastische modellen voor operations management
Participating study
Master Mechanical Engineering
Participating study
Master Industrial Engineering and Management
Required materials
Course material
Reader: Reliability Engineering and Maintenance Management.
Recommended materials
Instructional modes

Project supervised
Presence dutyYes

Project unsupervised
Presence dutyYes

Self study


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