Last modified: 05 Jun 2017 12:30
The world is full of uncertainties and there is a level of risk in every human activity, including engineering. Many industries require an engineer to manage significant risks and design for high reliability, such as oil and gas, subsea, nuclear, aviation and large civil projects (e.g. bridges and dams). To meet these engineering challenges and make rational decisions in the presence of uncertainty, this course will introduce students to methods and tools used by engineers to analysis risk and reliability.
|Study Type||Both Undergraduate & Postgraduate||Level||5|
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
The course introduces students to the engineering definitions of risk and reliability and the principles of risk based decision making. A review of relevant probability and statistics theory required for the course follows, then it focuses on widely used methods and tools for engineering risk and reliability analysis:
• Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis
• Reliability Block Diagrams
• Fault Tree Analysis
• Event Tree Analysis
• Classic Reliability Theory
• Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) Analysis
• Structural Reliability Analysis, including:
• Monte Carlo Methods
• First Order Reliability Method (FORM)
And finally an introduction to human reliability and safety management, including safety management systems.
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (20%) and one 3-hour written examination (80%). Continuous assessment will be an individual report on a fault tree analysis of a real accident.
Resit: 3 hour written examination (80%)
Continuous assessment (20%) mark is to be taken from the first attempt
Students can receive feedback on their progress on request using email, discussion boards and at weekly tutorial sessions.
Students will get individual feedback on their continuous assessment via MyAberdeen.
Exam feedback will be in the form of the solutions (posted on MyAberdeen) and a summary of the common mistakes made on each question.