Course detail

Operational Reliability of Vehicles and Machines

ÚSI-EDPSVAcad. year: 2019/2020

This course provides a comprehensive overview on fundamentals of dependability engineering in the area of mechanical and electrical engineering. Special attention is paid to vehicles and machines dependability. The course deals with both theoretical and practical applications of dependability engineering. The course mainly includes: non-repairable and repairable system dependability modelling, methods of reliability analysis, problems of vehicle maintainability and maintenance optimisation, dependability testing, evaluation of operational dependability and economic aspects of dependability assurance. Practical problem solving further solidifies the knowledge of these applications.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The students will obtain complex overview of problems associated with providing the dependability in the case of complex technical systems, especially vehicles and machines. They acquire basic knowledge from dependability theory and learn to model dependability of items and systems and carry out basic dependability analyses of systems with usage of methods reliability block diagrams (RBD), failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) and fault tree analysis (FTA). They also learn to understand the problems related to maintenance, evaluate information obtained from service or dependability testing and carryout basic analyses of life cycle costs.


The student is expected to have basic knowledge from field of probability and statistics. The student is expected to have basic knowledge from fields of design in mechanical or electrical engineering.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching is carried out through lectures and seminars. Lectures consist of interpretations of basic principles, methodology of given discipline, problems and their exemplary solutions. Seminars particularly support practical mastery of subject matter presented in lectures or assigned for individual study with the active participation of students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Assessment methods and criteria follow the articles 10 to 13 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
Course-unit credits terms: Knowledge of principles and interdependence of presented problems and practical ability to apply individual methods and procedures. Basic conditions are participation at seminars and individual elaboration of assigned project without major mistakes.
Examination: Knowledge of theoretical basis of dependability and techniques for dependability assurance in the case of vehicles and machines is tested during the examination. Abilityofpracticalusageoftheoreticalknowledgeistestedatpracticaltasks. Examination consists of a written and oral part.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to dependability, dependability program, standardisation in dependability, program of dependability.
2. Basic definitions and terms.
3. Basics of probability. Statistical tools for dependability.
4. Modelling of the dependability of items.
5. Modelling of the non-repairable systems dependability.
6. Modelling of the repairable systems dependability. Methods of dependability analysis I.
7. Methods of dependability analysis II.
8. Maintainability and maintenance support.
9. Basics of dependability testing. Shortened and accelerated dependability tests.
10. Compliance and determination dependability tests. Reliability growth testing.
11. Monitoring and evaluating dependability in operation.
12. Economic aspects of dependability assurance
13. Information systems and software for dependability.


The objective of the course is to give students basic information on modern approaches and methods of dependability assurance for complex technical systems and especially for vehicles and machines. The subject assignment is the explanation of dependability theory principles and presentation of basic techniques of dependability engineering for development, design, tests, operation and maintenance.

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

Attendance in seminars is obligatory, checked by a teacher. The way of compensation of absence is solved individually with a course supervisor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EID_P Master's, 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer