UAH

Graduate Courses

Several Courses are offered in Reliability Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, taught by RFAL staff.  Reliability Engineering is an interdisciplinary program, in that you get your Masters or PhD in your field with a focus in Reliability.  Currently all courses are housed in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department.


ISE 638 - Engineering Reliability

Methodology of reliability prediction, including the application of discrete and continuous distribution models.  Reliability estimation, reliability logic diagrams, life testing, and reliability demonstrations. Prerequisite:  ISE 690


ISE 738 - Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability                     

In-depth application of decision theory and MIL-HDBK-217, and maintenance engineering techniques in order to achieve targeted reliability, availability and maintainability design goals. Prerequisites: ISE 638


ISE 639 - ST:  Design-for-Reliability                                                 

The design-for-reliability course will investigate mechanical, chemical & structural failure mechanisms, their failure modes and effects, to include: parameter estimation of the 2-parameter and 3-parameter Weibull failure math model, interference theory, reliability modeling for static and stochastic failure modes, reliability growth and improvement, reliability experimentation and testing, and the impact of sparing and resource strategies on system availability.

A laboratory course project will allow the student to perform reliability experiments for time-to-failure, accelerated life testing, reliability acceptance testing, reliability demonstration testing, and use modeling and simulation to evaluate the findings of the experiments. Prerequisite:  ISE 638


ISE 639 ST:    Reliability-Centered Maintenance                              

The reliability and sustainability course will investigate preservation of system functionality that is the basis for reliability-centered maintenance, to include: characterization of failure mechanisms that result in failure modes that define failure conditions, the determination of the consequences of failure and whether failure is evident or hidden, the P-F interval for failure modes, the application of condition-based and time-directed maintenance, the theory and application of scheduled maintenance intervals, and the impact of RCM practices on systems reliability metrics.

A laboratory course project will allow the student to develop baseline reliability models of a system, apply RCM practices and run simulations to evaluate the impact on reliability metrics. Prerequisite:  ISE 738


ISE 739 ST: Reliability Independent Research                                  

Design-for-Reliability research is a laboratory course of study that allows the student to formulate and test hypotheses of failure mechanisms, failure modes & effects, and fault detection and isolation.  Classroom sessions are scheduled for test planning and progress reporting.  The majority of the students’ time will be spent in the UAH Reliability and Failure Analysis Laboratory.  The student will complete a technical report suitable for publishing in the proceedings of the Reliability and Maintainability Symposium, RAMS, or a comparable professional peer-reviewed journal.
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Sustainability research is a laboratory course of study that allows the student to formulate and test hypotheses about preservation of system functionality, either by condition-based maintenance or time-directed maintenance. Classroom sessions are scheduled for test planning and progress reporting.  The majority of the students’ time will be spent in the UAH Reliability and Failure Analysis Laboratory.  The student will complete a technical report suitable for publishing in the proceedings of the Reliability and Maintainability Symposium, RAMS, or a comparable professional peer-reviewed journal. Prerequisites:  ISE 738