Introduction to Reliability Engineering

By Prof. Neeraj Kumar Goyal   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 94
Every engineer should be aware of customer needs expressed in terms of reliability requirements. A successful product/system need to translate these requirements and ensure that the reliability requirements are met. It is essential to understand terms and how they are evaluated. At present most products need to provide reliability information along with functions. This course will help students to know this important aspect and way to address these requirements.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG/PG Students from all engineering branches

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Industries where safety and high performance is a concern, like nuclear, railways, defence etc. Industries which face tough market competition.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 20 Feb 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 20 Feb 2023
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction and Definitions
Week 2: Constant Failure Rates Models
Week 3: Time Dependent Failure Rate Models
Week 4: System Reliability Modeling: Series, parallel, series-parallel, and k-out-of-m modeling.
Week 5: Markov Modeling: standby, shared systems etc.
Week 6: Reliability Estimation (Non-Parametric)
Week 7: Reliability Estimation (Distribution Fitting)
Week 8: Maintainability and Availability Analysis

Books and references

(i) Charles E. Ebeling (2019) “An Introduction to Reliability and Maintainability Engineering”, 3rd edition, Publisher: McGraw Hill Education.
(ii) Patrick D. T. O’Connor, Andre Kleyner (2012) “Practical Reliability Engineering”, 5th edition, Publisher: Wiley.
(iii) Roy Billinton, Ronald N. Allan (1992) “Reliability Evaluation of Engineering Systems: Concepts and Techniques”, 2nd edition, Publisher: Springer.
(iv) Mohammad Modarres, Mark P. Kaminskiy, VasiliyKrivtsov (2016) “Reliability Engineering and Risk Analysis: A practical guide”, 3rd edition, Publisher: CRC Press.
(v) Krishan B. Misra, “reliability analysis and prediction: a methodology oriented treatment”, Publisher: Elsevier.

Instructor bio

Prof. Neeraj Kumar Goyal

IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Neeraj Kumar Goyal received PhD degree in year 2006 from IIT Kharagpur in Reliability Engineering. He received the Bachelor of Engineering (HONS) degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from MREC Jaipur, Rajasthan, India in 2000. He has served as an Executive in M/s Secure Meters Ltd., Udaipur from July 2000 to July 2001. He is serving IIT Kharagpur as faculty member since 2006 and currently serving as Associate Professor in Subir Chowdhury School of Quality and Reliability. He has guided approx. 46 M Tech, 2 MS, 8 PhD. He has published three books published Wiley and Springer. He has published more than 46 international journal and 15 international conference papers. He is actively engaged in providing research and consultancy services in the area of reliability and safety engineering to various organizations like DRDO, NPCIL, Secure Meters, Vodaphone, L&T, John Deere, ISRO, IGCAR, Railways etc. He is regularly organizing short term courses in the area of reliability engineering for industry professionals

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 April 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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