Course detail

Reliability 1

FSI-XS1-KAcad. year: 2018/2019

The course is focused on the most advanced knowledge in technical system reliability. Emphasis is laid on understanding of reliability incorporation into the system quality. The students are familiarized with the terminology of reliability, additionally with standards and legislation in the area of reliability and with the management of reliability. Great attention is devoted to the reliability indicators and the predictive analysis. The reliability of unrepaired and repaired systems is also described in details, and further in relation to the predictive reliability analysis, the selected methods are thoroughly discussed in the special chapter. The means for increasing reliability, system maintenance, reliability tests and reliability information systems are also presented. The course is completed with the exercises where all topics are presented in the examples from the industrial practice. The results and conclusions are also discussed in the exercises.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

A student acquires comprehensive and complex knowledge of technical system reliability which can apply in industrial mechanical/electrical engineering practice to solve different problems related to the aforementioned topics.


Knowledge of mathematics and physics at a level of university study. Also, the knowledge of the aforementioned special field in a scope of the previous bachelor study is expected.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

MYKISKA,Antonín. 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.
NOVÁK,M.; ŠEBESTA,V.; 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.
KARPÍŠEK,Zdeněk. Matematika IV, statistika a pravděpodobnost. 3. doplněné vydání. Akademické nakladatelství CERM, s.r.o., 2007. 170 s. ISBN 978-80-214-3380-9.
SUMMERVILLE, N. Basic Reliability: An Introduction to Reliability Engineering. AuthorHouse, 2004. 136s. ISBN 978-1418424183.
MOUBRAY, J. Reliability-Centered Maintenance. A Butterworth-Heinemann Title. 1999. 440 s. ISBN 978-0750633581.

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.
According to the possibility of teaching can be organized lectures for students by practitioners and excursions to companies focused on activities related to the course content.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The subject consists of lectures and tutorials. The tutorial will be completed by credit. To receive the credit, the 100% active participation of the student in tutorials will be required. The examination is based on a written test, and the student may achieve the scoring of up to 100. The final scoring rate of the test shall be classified according to the ECTS grading system.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The objective of the subject is to acquire the knowledge of technical system reliability.

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

The student attendance is checked in tutorials (presence and activity). The 100% participation in tutorials is required, and in case of absence, the student will be obliged to compensate, the alternative attendance will be specified by the lecturer.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-K Master's

    branch M-KSB , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit


Guided consultation

17 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1.Quality and reliability, definition of reliability
2.Terminology in reliability
3.Standards in reliability area
4.Reliability management
5.Reliability indicators
6.Predictive reliability analysis
7.Reliability of unrepaired systems
8.Reliability of repaired systems
9.Selected reliability analysis methods
10.Reliability increasing means
11.Operating reliability, requirements for reliability
12.System maintenance
13.Reliability tests, reliability information systems

Controlled Self-study

35 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1.Principles of reliability, definition of reliability
2.Standards in reliability area
3.Reliability indicators of unrepaired systems
4.Reliability indicators of repaired systems
5.Reliability analysis, reliability analysis discussion
6.Reliability analysis, reliability analysis discussion
7.Tools for reliability enhancement
8.Operating reliability
9.System maintenance