Course detail

Automatic Diagnostics

FSI-VADCompulsoryBachelor's (1st cycle)Acad. year: 2017/2018Summer semester3. year of study5  credits

The course is concerned with problems technical diagnostics in mechanical and automatic application. Students are acquainted with basic methods and instrumentation of technical non- removal diagnostics and of the special condition monitoring system with fully automated function. Special attention is paid to diagnostics of individual components of control loop and diagnostics in modern control systems. A self-diagnostics mode system in automatic control and relations of the diagnostics to reliability and maintenance of systems are also dealt.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

General overview of methods and devices of technical diagnostics and applying the acquired knowledge for solving a specific assignment. The ability to select the appropriate diagnostics and locates failure and cause in elementary cases, ability to evaluate basic parameters of reliability of systems.


Basic knowledge of physics, mathematics, theory of probability and measurement of technical quantities


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

USHAKOV, I., A. et al, Handbook of Reliability Engineering : New York : John Wiley and sons, Inc. 1994.704 pp. ISBN 0-471-57173-3.
KREIDL, M., a kol., Diagnostické systémy : 1. vydání Praha : Vydavatelství ČVUT v Praze 2001.352 s. ISBN 80-01-02349-4.
BROCH, J., T., et al, Mechanical Vibration and Shock Measurements : Naerum : Bruel Kjaer 1984. 370 s. ISBN 87- 87355361.
LIŠKA, M., Sládek, Z., Spolehlivost a technická diagnostika : 1.vydání Brno : Ediční středisko VUT v Brně, 1989. 146 s. ISBN 80-214-1047-7.
JANOUŠEK, I.; Kozák, J.; Taraba, O. a kol.; Technická diagnostika. :1. vydání Praha, SNTL Praha, 1988. 432 s. ISBN 04-236-88.
KREIDL, M.; Šmíd, R.; Technická diagnostika. : 1. vydání Praha: BEN – technická literatura, 2006. 408 s. ISBN 80-7300-158-6.
KREIDL, M.; Šmíd, R. Technická diagnostika : Praha : BEN 2006. 408 s. ISBN 80-7300-158-6.
LIPOVSKY, G., a kol., Vibration Testing of Machines and their Maintenance : Amsterdam: Elsevier 1990. 304 pp. ISBN 0-444-98808-4.
LIPOVSKY, G., a kol., Vibration Testing of Machines and their Maintenance : Amsterdam: Elsevier 1990. 304 pp. ISBN 0-444-98808-4.
PEŤKOVÁ, V., Svoboda, J.: Termodiagnostika. Košice, Vienala s.r.o. 2016. 310 s. ISBN 978-80-8126-132-9.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course - unit credit: attendance in laboratory exercises and presenting the results of selected measurements. Resulting evaluation up to 30 points is included in the result of the examination, provided credit is to obtain at least 15 points.
Exam: written test of all problems the subject (0 - 40 points), oral exam with written preparation (0 - 30 points). Total the student receives up to 100 points, condition passing of the exam at least 51 points. Classification: excellent (91-100 points), very good (81-90 points), good (71-80 points), satisfactory (61-70 points), sufficient (51-60 points), failed (0-50 points).

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Students will have an overall view of methods and devices of technical diagnostics and selecting a suitable version for condition monitoring appropriate equipment.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance in laboratory exercises is monitored ; one absence can be compensated for by attending a seminar with another group; next absence is compensated by solving an individual assignment.

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. The importance of technical diagnostics
2. Basic definitions and terminology
3. Faults sources and principles of maintenance
4. Reliability of components and systems, backup
5. Distribution of diagnostics, operating and less removal diagnostics
6. Diagnostics models, methods and devices
7. Functional and physical diagnostics methods
8. Vibration and acoustic diagnostics
9. Basics of frequency analysis
10.Thermo-diagnostics, tribology-diagnostics, and electro-diagnostics
11.Automatic monitoring systems
12.Diagnostics in control loops
13.Current trends in diagnostics

labs and studios

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to the course
2. Reliability of components and systems
3. Function diagnostics and diagnostics models
4. Temperature in diagnostics
5. Noncontact temperature measurement and thermal cameras in diagnostics
6. Measurement of vibration
7. Base of frequency analysis
8. Defects and troubles of bearings
9. Machine alignment and balancing
10. Condition monitoring systems
11. Diagnostics in control loop
12. Exhibitions of modern diagnostics systems
13. The final exercise, evaluation, credit