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Code IE 408
Term 201901
Title Reliability and Maintenance Analysis
Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Subject Industrial Engineering(IE)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Ahmet Bar?s Balc?o?lu,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
MATH306 MS304 IE304
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Communicative

Component and system reliability; design and assessment of engineering systems and processes for assuring reliability of performance; life distributions; life testing procedures; estimating system reliability; maintenance and replacement models; data collection, storage and analysis for maintenance; computerized maintenance systems; total productive maintenance.


This course is an introduction to the life-cycle costing concept for equipment acquisition, operation, and replacement decision-making. Its goal is to help students learn designing for reliability and determination of optimal maintenance and replacement policies for both capital equipment and components. Topics include: identification of an item?s failure distribution and reliability function, reliability of series, parallel, and redundant systems design configurations, time-to-repair and maintainability function, age and block replacement policies for components, the economic life for capital equipment, provisioning of spare parts.

Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Analyze the times to failure data to fit appropriate statistical distributions
Obtain the reliability functions of serial, parallel and complex systems
Choose the correct preventive maintenance and replacement policy to increase the availability of a critical asset and to minimize the failure and maintenance costs
Choose the correct inspection plans to increase the availability of a critical asset and to minimize the failure and maintenance costs
Determine the correct number of workers in the repair crew on manufacturing plants and mining cites
Choose the correct equipment in asset management while making investments.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 3
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 4
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 4
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 4
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Eng. & Natural Sci.
1 Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 4
2 Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 3
3 Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 4
4 Ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 2
5 Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 3
6 Knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 3
7 Knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 3
Industrial Engineering Program Outcomes Core Electives
1 Formulate and analyze problems in complex manufacturing and service systems by comprehending and applying the basic tools of industrial engineering such as modeling and optimization, stochastics, statistics. 5
2 Design and develop appropriate analytical solution strategies for problems in integrated production and service systems involving human capital, materials, information, equipment, and energy. 4
3 Implement solution strategies on a computer platform for decision-support purposes by employing effective computational and experimental tools. 3
Materials Science and Nano Engineering Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 2
2 Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 2
3 Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 1
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 60
Recommended or Required Reading
Optional Readings

Jardine, A.K.S and Tsang, A.H.C. 2006. Maintenance, Replacement and Reliability
Theory and Applications, Taylor & Francis.

Charles E. Ebeling. 1997. An Introduction to Reliability and Maintainability Engineering, McGraw-Hill, 1997

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