Reliability Engineering and Analysis in Maintenance 7.5 Credits

Tillförlitlighetsanalys i underhåll
First cycle, D0016B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2016 Sp 2 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 09 Feb 2015

Last revised
by Eva Gunneriusson 13 Jun 2016

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Maintenance Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Other Subjects within Technology

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Basic knowledge in mathematical statistics e.g course S0001M Mathematical statistics

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
This course will provide basic knowledge on Reliability Engineering. After the course, the participant will be able to:
  • Articulate fundamental concepts, characters, and their relationships on reliability engineering;
  •  Discuss and apply various types of reliability models for analyzing failure data;
  • Understand and discuss various system configuration and calculate their reliability;
  • Understand the mechanism of Weibull plot;
  • Discuss various reliability related standards
  •  Apply Software tools for reliability analysis.
  •  Analyse and evaluate the benefits and challenges of computer software tools for reliability analysis.

The contents include:
  •  fundamental concepts, characters, and their relationships on reliability engineering, including reliability function (MTTF, MTBF, MTTR, MTTF, etc), failure function, probability density function, failure rate/hazard rate, cumulative hazard function, residual life;
  • various types of reliability models, including Exponential distribution, Weibull distribution, Lognormal distribution, etc;
  •  different system configuration, including Series configuration, Parallel configuration, k-out-of-n configuration, Standby configuration
  • mechanism of Weibull plot;
  •  Reliability standards;
  • Software Tools for Reliability Analysis.


The course is given on campus with the opportunity for distance learning. Compulsory attendance is required for presentations and the field trip.
The course is conducted using pre-recorded theoretical elements followed by a discussion session, according to the "flipped classroom" concept. Students are to be preparing for the discussion sessions by following the assigned material. Active participation in class is expected.

Written examination and approved assignments.

Matti Rantatalo

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Reliability analysis for Engineers, Roger D. Leitch, Oxford University Press, 1995

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

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Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.