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Nuclear Engineering (NUC E)

NUC E 446 (M E 446) Reliability and Risk Concepts in Design (3) Introduction to reliability mathematics. Failure data collection and analysis. Components and systems reliability prediction. Effects of maintenance on reliability. Risk Analysis. Case studies in engineering applications.

NUC E (M E) 446 Reliability and Risk Concepts in Design (3)

The course covers materials reliability in design including mechanical, electrical and system aspects. Five main topics will be studied. The course starts by introducing engineering risk and reliability, highlighting its interdisciplinary nature and its significance in system design. The concept of reliability as a probability is introduced and the basic laws of probability are reviewed. The discussion centers on the mathematics needed to understand and analyze complex systems including components in series and parallel. The topics include the independence, mutual exclusivity, truth tables and Venn diagrams. These concepts are then applied to simple systems consisting of one, two and three components in various configurations. The equivalency of the various methods is discussed. The effect of maintenance on a system’s reliability is presented along with discussions of various maintenance strategies. Then, the failure modes and effects analysis is introduced and examples discussed. The concept of fault trees and event trees and their application to reliability analysis are presented. Risk analysis is then introduced as a case study in the application of reliability analysis. A nuclear power plant system is analyzed to quantify the risk to the public from its operation.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: MATH 250 orMATH 251;M E 345 orNUC E 309

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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