UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

GENG5802 Asset Failures

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content Reliability engineering/asset failures is an interdisciplinary engineering field consisting of principles and practices to ensure that reliability, safety, quality and other organisational goals are achieved. This unit covers fundamental reliability terms and concepts, basic mathematics of probability and statistics, graphical tools for data analysis, and human factor tools. Commonly used methods in maintenance and integrity management are also covered. The unit is concerned with what one can learn by looking at past failures and how one can incorporate this knowledge into planning for assets in the future. The unit content builds a high level understanding of core ideas in reliability engineering, develops the ability to interpret the results of various tools used in practice when selecting and operating assets to ensure they function as planned, and develops an understanding of factors that are commonly implicated in asset failure investigations.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) explain why and how things fail; (2) describe the attributes of functions and failures of an asset; (3) determine statistical failure distributions by analysing failure data; (4) deploy processes and tools to predict the reliability performance of an asset system; and (5) develop appropriate maintenance strategies.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) quizzes; (2) case studies; (3) in-class participation; and (4) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
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