Aims/Description: This module introduces the fundamentals of Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS). The importance of the interrelationship between these four methods in life-cycle management are highlighted through practical examples, and explored through a range of case-studies on products, processes and systems. Methods for reliability engineering analysis will be introduced for mapping causes, effects, relationships, and consequences through and Failure Modes and Effects Analyses (FMEA). These will be applied for the estimation, prevention and management of high levels of lifetime by reducing uncertainty and risks of failure.

Restrictions on availability: BEng/Degree Apprenticeship students in relevant employment

Staff Contact: SMITH DAVID
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre):

Teaching timetable


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