Course: Introduction to the dependability and risk assessment

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Course title Introduction to the dependability and risk assessment
Course code MTI/SPR
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Kamenický Jan, Ing. Ph.D.
  • Zajíček Jaroslav, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Lectures 1. Dependability management system I - basic terms and definitions of dependability, dependability related standards and its usage in the dependability program creation. 2. Dependability management system II - tasks of dependability program, dependability per whole life cycle. 3. Dependability management III - dependability and safety management of railway applications (RAMS) 4. Dependability principles I - reliability, availability, maintenance and maintainability measures and characteristics. 5. Dependability principles II - basic types of systems structures and its dependability. 6. Dependability principles III - mathematical formulas of dependability measures. 7. Dependability prediction - data used to dependability prediction, predictive dependability analysis. 8. Introduction to risk management - general overview, branch applications, basic risk terminology 9. Risk management as a basic tool of the risk reduction - risk reduction, risk acceptance, task of the state authority and legislative in the field of risk management. 10. Risk analysis of technical systems I - unwanted event and its consequences in industry. 11. Risk analysis of technical systems II - scenarios of unwanted evens progress. 12. Risk analysis of technical systems III - probabilistic and determenistic procedures used by the risk evaluation 13. Risk analysis of technical systems IV - models of spread of the dangerous materials while its outflow. 14. Risk analysis of technical systems V - dangerous materials outflow conseguences. Practices 1. Dependability definition development, dependability terms division. 2. Life Cycle Periods. Life Cycle Costs 3. Reguirements of dependability and safety during life cycles. 4. Evaluation of dependability parameters regarding the type of random variable distribution. 5. Evaluation of reliability and availability parameters for different types of redundancy. 6. Random variable (type, basic distributions), failure rate in different life cycle periods, repairable/nonrepairable products. 7. Dependability estimation based on the field data and available databases. 8. Hazard identification and its sources according to CSN ISO 12100. 9. Proposal of acquisitions used to the risk reduction. Real risk calculation of common human activity based on historical data. 10. Identification of unwanted events, semiquantitative estimation of probability and consequences, estimation ranges. 11. Defining of scenarios of the unwanted event`s spread. 12. Risk model and its parts. 13. Evaluation of basic parameters of selected models of dangerous materials spread. 14. Evaluation of basic parameters of selected models of dangerous materials outflow consequences.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Practicum, Students' self-study
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
  • Home preparation for classes - 44 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 20 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The goal of this subject is to introduce basics theory of dependability and risk to students. The fundamental gist of those science field is proper terminology, that is followed by the most common dependability parameters and ways of its calculation. Subject accents practical application of attained knowledge and umbrella point of view in such a multidisciplinary activity as the risk management is.
Student will acquire the basic overview about commonly used dependability parameters of technical systems, about the methods used to its evaluation and about possibilities of using these parameters e.g. for the maintenance planning.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined examination, Written assignment

The essential condition for successfully completing the subject is activity on the practice lectures and passing of the credit test. The exam is both written and oral.
Recommended literature
  • ČSN EN ISO 13849-1:2006, Bezpečnost strojních zařízení ? Bezpečnostní části ovládacích systémů ? Část 1: Všeobecné zásady pro konstrukci.. Praha, 2006.
  • Metodické postupy a další materiály vztahující se k prevenci závažných havárií.
  • Fuchs P., Vališ D. Metody analýzy a řízení rizika. Liberec, 2004.
  • Fuchs P. Využití spolehlivosti v provozní praxi. Liberec, 2002.

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