Course detail

Reliability, Safety and Diagnostics of Technical Systems

FSI-RBDAcad. year: 2020/2021

The subject is focused on the most advanced knowledge about reliability, safety and diagnostics of technological systems which are available in the engineering and electro-technical practice. Emphasis is laid on the principles of the reliability and safety assurance in the designing area, especially, the operation of the systems described above. Furthermore, attention is focused on the reliability indices of unrepaired and repaired objects, safety and reliability analysis, their procedures and the possibility of increasing reliability. Maintenance during operating technological systems is also discussed. The students will be also familiarized with the reliability tests, reliability information system, appropriate standards and valid legislation. Emphasis is also focused on analysis and description of technical diagnostics, including analysis of diagnostic signal, methods and means of its measurement and evaluation. The detailed description of the selected diagnostic methods is presented.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

In this sense, the students will acquire the comprehensive and complex knowledge in the field of reliability, safety and diagnostics of technological systems; this approach will help the students to engage in solving the different issues in industrial engineering and electro-technical engineering practice which relate to this topic.


Knowledge of mathematics and physics at the university level will be expected.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

HAMMER, M. Spolehlivost, bezpečnost a diagnostika technických systémů. 1. vydání. Brno: Fakulta strojního inženýrství VUT v Brně, 2012, 258 s. Studijní opora. (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)
KREIDL, M. a ŠMÍD, R. Technická diagnostika. Senzory-metody-analýza signálu. 1. vydání. Praha: BEN-technická literatura, 2006, 408 s. ISBN 80-7300-158-6. (CS)
DUFFUAA, S. O. and RAOUF, A. Planning and Control of Maintenance Systems. Modelling a Analysis. 2. vydání. Springer International Publishing AG, Switzerland, 2016. 348 s. ISBN 9783319371818. (EN)
Kececioglu, D. Reliability Engineering Handbook. Volume 1 & 2. New York: Prentice Hall, 1991. (EN)
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)
POCHAMPALLY, K. and GUPTA, S. Reliability Analysis with Minitab. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2016. 1. vydání. 186 s. ISBN 9781498737678. (EN)
MARTORELL, S. and GUEDES, S. C. Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis. London: CRC Press, 2014, e-book. ISBN 9781482266481. (EN)
NOWAKOWSKI, T., MŁYŃCZAK, M., JODEJKO-PIETRUCZUK, A. and WERBIŃSKA-WOJCIECHOWSKA, S. Safety and Reliability: Methodology and Applications. London: CRC Press. 2015. 408 s. ISBN 9781315736976. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The subject is given in the form of tutorials and lectures. Exercises are required.
The tutorial is completed by the credit. To receive the credit, the presence of 100% and the activity of students shall be required. The examination consists of a written test, and the students can obtain the score of up to 100. The test classification is set by the classification scale according to ECTS.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The objective of this subject is to familiarize with theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of reliability, safety and diagnostics of technological systems.

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

The presence of the students and their activity is checked in the tutorials.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3A-P Bachelor's

    branch B-MET , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to reliability and safety
2. Problems of reliability, safety and risks, reliability management
3. Basis of investigation and quantification of reliability
4. Reliability indices of unrepaired and repaired objects
5. Reliability and safety of systems, general procedure of reliability and safety analysis
6. Reliability and safety analysis – overview and characteristics of analytical tools
7. Reliability increase tools – failure-free operation, safety and redundancy
8. Operating reliability, maintenance during operation of technological systems, and operating reliability evaluation
9. Reliability tests, reliability information systems, standards and legislation
10. Introduction to technological diagnostics, evaluation of diagnostic system properties
11. Types and analyses of diagnostic signals, measuring methods and tools, and evaluation, classification of technological diagnostics
12. Selected diagnostic methods: noise, acoustic, ultrasonic and vibration diagnostics
13. Selected diagnostic methods: thermal, defectoscopy, tribology and industrial radiology


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Tutorial (2 lessons once per 2 weeks)
1.Introduction, organizational matters, reliability, safety, theory of risks, reliability management
2.Familiarization with numerical and functional reliability characteristics
3.Unrepaired and repaired objects in connection with reliability and safety
4.Analysis of reliability and safety of technological systems, reliability tests
5.Tools for increasing reliability and safety, reliability information systems, standards, and legislation
6.Technological diagnostics, selected diagnostics methods
7.Selected diagnostic method, credit