autumn 2018

TEK-3002 Reliability Engineering - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 01.03.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Science and Technology


Tromsø |

Type of course

The course may be taken as a singular course

Admission requirements

Opptakskode 9371

Course content

The course will be taught in four modules with the following content:

Module 1: Introduction to Reliability Engineering and Life Data Analysis

  • Basic definitions and concepts
  • Statistical Theory Background, and Applications
  • The most commonly used distributions for product life and their applications
  • Product life data types, presented and defined
  • Parameter estimation methods and theory
  • Confidence bounds determination

Module 2: Introduction to System Reliability

  • Fundamentals of system reliability
  • Fundamentals of reliability block diagrams (RBDs)
  • System reliability determination
  • System reliability optimization
  • Utilizing reliability block diagrams for multiple failure mode analysis

Module 3:  Introduction to system maintainability and availability

  • Repair and downtime distributions and metrics
  • Introduction to renewal theory
  • Maintainability and availability definitions and calculation
  • System-level availability determination, prediction and optimization
  • Throughput analysis

Module 4: introduction to reliability analysis considering environmental condition (arctic condition)

  • Basic concepts and theory
  • Reliability and maintainability issues and challenges in Arctic condition
  • The most commonly used methods for reliability analysis considering influence factors

Application of most commonly methods for prediction of reliability in arctic condition 

Objectives of the course

The goal is to give knowledge of the theoretical fundament of reliability analyses, and skills to carry out and make use of reliability analyses in real situations. The outcome of the course will be:

  • Ability to apply theoretical concepts and terminology of reliability engineering in analysis of a system
  • Ability to apply basic  techniques and tools in analysis of failure and repair data and also to find the best-fit distribution for data
  • Ability to analyze a technical system and to build a reliability block diagram
  • Ability to analyze system reliability, maintainability and availability
  • Ability to analyze and optimize system reliability
  • Ability to analyze the effect of environmental conditions on the reliability performance of a system

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures, project and home exercise. Some of the home exercise need to be answered using Weibull ++7 and Blocksim 7 software.


4 hours written exam. Letter grade A - F.

Date for examination

Written examination 13.12.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Course overlap

SM210 Risk analysis 3 stp
SM400 Reliability Engeneering, Introduction 5 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

The syllabus will be presented in the beginning of the course.