Course detail

Reliability and Maintainability of Aircraft

FSI-OSDAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course offers a general overview on modern methods of safety and reliability assessment with special attention on an aircraft and aircraft systems. This includes reliability analyses, calculations, estimates and test methods. Emphasis is put on the main properties of dependability: reliability, availability and safety.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course provides students with basic knowledge of the area of dependability (reliability and maintainability) of aircraft. This includes information about modern methods and procedures for safety assessment (reliability analyses, etc) and information about international standards and airworthiness requirements.


Students are expected to have mastered the basics in statistics and probability calculations and they have at least basic knowledge of aerospace engineering (structure and systems of an aircraft).


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Rausand M., Hoyland A.: SYSTEM RELIABILITY THEORY, Models, Statistical Methods, and Applications, Wiley, ISBN 0-471-47133-X, 2004 (EN)
Villemeur, A.: Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety Assessment, Volume 1 and 2, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-471-93048-8 (vo.1), 978-0-471-93049-5 (vol.2), 1992 (EN)
Holub,R.;Vintr,Z.: Spolehlivost letadlové techniky (elektronická učebnice), skripta, VUT-FSI, Brno, 2001 (CS)
O’Connor, P.: Practical Reliability Engineering, John Willey & sons, ISBN ISBN: 978-0-470-97981-5, 2012 (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

To meet requirements for the course-unit credit award it is necessary to attend 80% of compulsory seminars, to hand in student works and meet requirements of 2 written tests.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The main course objective is to give students an introduction to procedures and methods used to ensure safety and dependability of an aircraft (and other industrial products).

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

The attendance at seminars is compulsory. In case of justified absence, the seminar may be compensated by an individual assignment.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-LPR , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch M-STL , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1.Concept of dependability (reliability and maintainability) assurance in aerospace engineering.
2.Terms and definitions in dependability.
3.Mathematics used in dependability. Basics of systems dependability.
4.Inherent dependability of products. Dependability (with focus on reliability) of non-repaired systems.
6.Reliability Block Diagrams (RBD).
7.Fault Tree Analysis (FTA).
8.Dependability of repaired systems. State Space Method (SSM).
9.Reliability analyses and airworthiness certification.
10.Software reliability. Introduction to the reliability of space devices.
11.Evaluation of reliability tests and operational data.
12.Evaluation of reliability tests and operational data.
13. Software tools in dependability.


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1-2.Application of probability principles for the purpose of component reliability calculation.
3-5.Inherent reliability calculations for complex systems.
6.Application of FMEA/FMECA.
7-8.Application of reliability block diagrams (RBD) and fault trees (FTA).
9-11.Certification analysis of a representative aircraft system.
12-13.Evaluation of reliability tests and operational data.


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