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MANU8003 - Maintenance and Reliability

Title:Maintenance and Reliability
Long Title:Maintenance and Reliability
Module Code:MANU8003
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Manufacturing Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 6 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Author: DAN O BRIEN
Module Description: This module provides the learner with an understanding of Reliability and Maintenance Engineering. It addresses Reliability Modelling, Reliability in Design and Maintenance & Asset Management.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Deduce system reliability from component reliability data.
LO2 Critically analyse system(s) for reliability.
LO3 Analyse the human factors affecting reliability.
LO4 Recommend a maintenance management system for specified equipment.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Reliability of Components and Systems:
Reliability Metrics (Failure Rate, MTTF, MTBF, MTTR & Availability), Reliability functions f(t), F(t), R(t), h(t), Continuous & Discrete Probability Distributions (Exponential, Normal, Weibull, Poisson & Binomial), Probability Plotting (CDF and Hazard Plot), B Life. System Reliability (Series, Active and Standby Parallel, Decomposition Method) Reliability Testing (Accelerated Testing, Arrhenius Model, Reliability Growth, CUSUM Plot, Duane Model).
Reliability in Design:
Reliability Design Techniques: Use Factors, Stress-Strength Analysis, FMEA/FMECA, FTA, Tolerance and Worst-Case Analysis, Robust Design Approaches (Taguchi), Human Factors Reliability, DFX, Quantifying the risk of Human Error (TESEO). Parts and System Management: Parts Selection, Material Selection and Control, Derating Methods and Principles, Establishing Specification.
Maintenance and Asset Management:
Maintenance philosophies: RCM, TPM or Lean Maintenance. Maintenance strategies: Corrective, Preventive and Predictive. Spares Inventory Management: Fast and slow moving spares. Management of repairable items. Optimum parts replacement. ISO 55000 series. Life Cycle Costing.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions In class test on Reliability modelling and Design-in Reliability. 1,2,3 10.0 Week 8
Project Take home assignment on specifying a maintenance management system. 4 20.0 Week 10
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 70.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Formal Lectures 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self Directed Study 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Patrick D.T. O'Connor, Andre Kleyner 2012, Practical Reliability Engineering, 5th Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 978-0-470-97981-5]
  • Ramesh Gulati, Ricky Smith (Contributor) 2009, Maintenance and Reliability Best Practices, Industrial Press [ISBN: 978-0-8311-3311-5]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Ricky Smith, R. Keith Mobley 2008, Rules of thumb for maintenance and reliability engineers, Butterworth-Heinemann [ISBN: 978-0-7506-7862-9]
  • Ricky Smith and Bruce Hawkins 2004, Lean maintenance, Butterworth-Heinemann Boston [ISBN: 0-7506-7779-1]
  • Terry Wireman 2004, Total Productive Maintenance, 2nd Ed., Industrial Press [ISBN: 978-0831102104]
  • Neil B Blomm 2006, Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), 1st Ed., McGraw-Hill Professional [ISBN: 978-0071460699]
  • B.S. Dhillon, 2002, Engineering Maintenance - A modern approach, CRC Press [ISBN: 1-58716-142-7]
  • Bryan Dodson, Dennis Nolan 2002, Reliability Engineering Handbook, QA Publishing [ISBN: 0-9300-1185-6]
  • Robert A. Dovich 1992, Quality engineering statistics, ASQC Quality Press Milwaukee, Wis. [ISBN: 0873891414]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: http://www.engineersireland.ie/Groups/So cieties/MEETA.aspx
  • Website: http://www.weibull.com
  • Website: http://www.reliabilityweb.com
  • Website: http://www.maintenanceonline.co.uk
  • Website: http://www.plant-maintenance.com
  • Website: http://www.maintenanceresources.com

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EAMTE_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Advanced Manufacturing Technology 2 Mandatory
CR_EBENS_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Building Energy Systems 8 Mandatory
CR_EPPTE_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Process Plant Technology 2 Mandatory
CR_EMASD_8 Certificate in Manufacturing Systems Design 2 Mandatory
CR_EMESY_8 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Systems 2 Mandatory
CR_EPPSY_8 Certificate in Process Plant Systems 2 Mandatory

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