Course detail

Reliability Fundamentals

FSI-EZSAcad. year: 2020/2021

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.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student will acquire basic knowledge of reliability of technical systems.
This will enable him/her to become knowledgeable in industrial engineering and electrotechnical practice in solving various problems related to the issue.


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.

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 (awarded in the 13th week). To obtain it is required 100% participation in exercises and activity in exercises. Students will work out the individual work in the prescribed range and quality. Based on the quality of the work in the exercise, the student earns up to 30 points for the exam The work must be submitted in writing and checked and recognized by the teacher. The test is realized by written test, student can get up to 70 points from this test, where 30 points from exercises. Evaluation of the test result is given by the ECTS grading scale.

Course curriculum

Not applicable.

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.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

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)
Kececioglu, D. Reliability Engineering Handbook. Volume 1 & 2. New York: Prentice Hall, 1991. (EN)

Recommended 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)
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)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

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