Course detail

Reliability Fundamentals

FSI-EZSAcad. year: 2019/2020

The subject is focused on the most sophisticated knowledge on reliability focusing on machines and instrumentation.
Attention is focused on clarification of reliability term and its merging into quality including terminology and standards. Emphasis is laid on the selected issues from the reliability management. Possible failures which can occur in machines are also described and classified. Furthermore, the reliability indicators of unrecovered and recovered objects are discussed. The analysis of failure methods and consequences is also explained on the practical examples (FMEA, FMECA). Last but not least, reliability tests, system reliability and its possible increase are described.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Pursuant to the course contents, students will acquire basic knowledge in the field of reliability of technical systems, which will allow them to competently engage in solving various problems related to the areas in question in industrial engineering and electrotechnic practice.


Knowledge of mathematics and physics on the secondary education level as well as knowledge of the area in question within the scope of previous bachelor-level studies are assumed.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

NOVÁK,M., ŠEBESTA,V. a VOTRUBA, Z. Bezpečnost a spolehlivost systémů. 1. vydání. Praha: České vysoké učení technické v Praze, 2001, 150 s. Učební texty ČVUT v Praze. Fakulta dopravní. ISBN 80-01-02331-1. (CS)
MYKISKA, A. Bezpečnost a spolehlivost technických systémů. 1. vydání. Praha: České vysoké učení technické v Praze, 2006,206 s. Učební texty ČVUT v Praze. Fakulta strojní. ISBN 80-01-02868-2. (CS)
KARPÍŠEK, Z. Matematika IV, statistika a pravděpodobnost. 3. doplněné vydání. Akademické nakladatelství CERM, s.r.o., 2007. 170 s. ISBN 978-80-214-3380-9. (CS)
HELEBRANT, F. Technická diagnostika a spolehlivost, IV. Provoz a údržba strojů. 1. vydání. VŠB – Technická univerzita Ostrava, 2008. 130 s. ISBN 978-80-248-1690-6. (CS)
SUMMERVILLE, N. Basic Reliability: An Introduction to Reliability Engineering. AuthorHouse, 2004. 136s. ISBN 978-1418424183. (EN)
EFSTRATIOS, N. Engineering Design Reliability Handbook. 1. edition. CRC Press. 2004. 1192 p. ISBN-13: 978-0849311802. (EN)
STAPELBERG, R. Handbook of Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety in Engineering Design. 1. edition. Springer. 851 p. ISBN-13: 978-1848001749. (EN)
HOLUB, R. a VINTR, Z. Spolehlivost letadlové techniky (elektronická učebnice). VUT FSI Brno. 2001. 233 s. (CS)
RENYAN J. Introduction to Quality and Reliability Engineering. Springer (Springer Series in Reliability Engineering), 2015. 326 s. ISBN 3662472155 (EN)
LAZZARONI, M. Reliability Engineering. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2016. 161 s. ISBN 3662507188. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The subject consists of lectures and tutorials. The lectures are focused on the basic principles and the theory of problems. Tutorials are focused on the practical knowledge gained in lectures, and in an appropriate semester section completed with computer support. Depending upon the possibilities, the lectures of the specialists from industrial practice as well as the excursions in the companies, whose activities relate to the subject, are also organized.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The course consists of exercises and lectures. Exercise is completed by credit (is awarded in 13th teaching week). 100% participation in the exercises and activity in the exercises is necessary for its acquisition. The student will prepare for the credit an individual work in the prescribed scope and quality, the topic of the thesis will be chosen at the beginning of the semester. The work must be submitted in writing and checked and recognized by the teacher. The exam is a written test, the student can obtain up to 100 points from this test. Evaluation of the test result is given by the ECTS grading scale.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The objective of the course is to obtain theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the basics of reliability of technical systems.

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

The students’ participation in seminars and activity. 100% participation in seminars is required; in case of absence, the student is obliged to substitute for the missed tuition in a way determined by the lecturer.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

    branch B-KSB , 3. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Specification of quality and reliability terms
2. Mathematical tools in reliability
3. Terminology in reliability
4. Standards in reliability field
5. Reliability management – selected issues (part 1)
6. Reliability management – selected issues (part 2)
7. Failure classification
8. Reliability indicators for objects unrecovered
9. Reliability indicators for objects recovered
10. Failure /consequence analysis
11. Reliability tests
12. System reliability evaluation
13. System reliability increase


18 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction, organizational issues, quality and reliability, life phases in view of reliability
2. Mathematical tools for reliability
3. Terminology and standards in reliability field
4. Reliability management – selected issues
5. Reliability and failures of machines and instrumentation
6. Reliability indicators from unrecovered and recovered objects
7. Failure /consequence analysis
8. Reliability tests and system reliability
9. Credit

Computer-assisted exercise

8 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Mathematical tools in reliability
2. Reliability indicators for unrecovered objects
3. Reliability indicators for recovered objects
4. Failure /consequence analysis