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Pre-requisites: MTE 212 Statistics and Probability

To enable the student to understand the importance of conducting maintenance and the concepts of reliability of
industrial machines
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Differentiate between the various types of maintenance functions and their importance to the reliability
2. Determine by calculations the reliability of mechanical systems
3. Test for reliability in electrical and electronic systems

Course description
Introduction, objectives of maintenance, plant deterioration and failure, the bath tub curve for component failures,
reliability, reliability curve for equipment, availability. Data sources. Design of maintenance systems; maintenance
strategy and planning. Types of maintenance. Cost requirements for good maintenance policy. Introduction:
Definition of reliability, types of failures, definition and factors influencing system effectiveness, various parameters
of system effectiveness. Reliability Mathematics: Definition of probability, laws of probability, conditional probability,
Bay's theorem; various Distributions; data collection, recovery of data, data analysis procedures, empirical reliability
calculations. Reliability: Types of system- series, parallel, series parallel, stand by and complex; development of
logic diagram, methods of reliability evaluation; cut set and tie-set methods, matrix methods event trees and fault
trees methods, reliability evaluation using probability distributions, Markov method, frequency and duration method.
Reliability Improvements: Methods of reliability improvement, component redundancy, system redundancy, types of
redundancies-series, parallel, series - parallel, stand by and hybrid, effect of maintenance. Reliability Testing
Teaching methodology: Lectures, tutorials, group discussions and practical.
Instruction materials/equipment
1. Liquid Crystal Displays.
2. White boards/black boards
3. Flip charts

Continuous Assessment Tests 30%
End of Semester Examination 70%
Course textbooks
1. David John Smith (2011), Reliability, Maintainability and Risk, Butterworth-Heinemann, 8th edition. ISBN-13:
2. Charles E. Ebeling, (2009), An Introduction to Reliability and Maintainability Engineering, Aveland Pr Inc2nd
edition. ISBN-13: 978-1577666257.
3. Anthony Kelly (2006), Maintenance systems and documentation, ill. Edition, Vol.3, Butterworth-Heinemann,
ISBN-13: 9780750669948.

Course journals
1. International Journal of Reliability, Quality and Safety Engineering, World Scientific Publishing, ISSN: 0218-5393.

2. International journal of Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Elsevier/European Safety and Reliability
Association, ISSN: 0951-8320.

3. Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology, Springer, ISSN: 1738-494X.