IE53200 - Reliability

Fall 2017

Days/Time: TBA / TBA
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
At the end of the course students will be able to analyze and report on the reliability of complex systems.

Reliability of components and multi-component systems. Application of quantitative methods to the design and evaluation of engineering and industrial systems and processes for assuring reliability of performance. Economic and manufacturing control activities related to product engineering aspects of reliability. Principles of maintainability. Product failure and legal liability.

Topics Covered:
Reliability tools, including fault tree analysis (FTA), failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), root cause analysis, and others. Reliability management concepts and programs, including risk management, life cycle management, system safety, and resilience. Humn reliability analysis methods. Probability and statistics concepts to support reliability analyses. Modeling and simulation methods to support reliability analyses. Safety programs and concepts. Economic considerations and calculations related to system reliability. (Topic list subject to change.)

An undergraduate course in probability and statistics. Expected to be able to understand and apply basic concepts in probability and statistics without the instructor covering it, although there may be some review.

Web Address:

Web Content:
All material will be posted on Blackboard.

One assignment per topic (about 25 in all), and several projects (approx. 4). Will assign problems to complete most lecture periods. Due date is 1 week after each lecture. Some problems will be ones shown in class, others will not be. Late work not accepted.

Projects will be assigned where you are to apply what you've learned to problems of interest to you personally. You will be given only general guidance on what to do, giving you substantial freedom to tailor the project. Approximately 4 Projects. You will submit a technical paper describing your work and conclusions for each project. You will also conduct peer review of 2 other projects.


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Tentative: No textbook. Instructor will provide readings and notes.

Computer Requirements:
ProEd minimum computer requirements. Microsoft Office products, along with Minitab (available via Software remote:

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Other Requirements:
You are encouraged to take the time to investigate, and perhaps use, dedicated reliability software during this course. Instructor will try to identify some good software packages as the course progresses.


T. B. D.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

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