TMR4260 - Safe Operation and Maintenance


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Work 30/100
Written examination 70/100 4 hours A

Course content

The reliability centered maintenance (RCM) -process and the statistics and probability theory basics related to this process. Brief description of organisations and systems for the system operation phase. Operation in a lifecycle perspective. Type of failures in equipment and machinery during operation, and failure causes. The influence of these failures on efficiency, safety and the environment. Condition monitoring and inspection methods. The maintenance function. Condition-based maintenance. Introduction to risk assessment and safety.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course, the students shall be able to utilize basic methods for achieving safe, cost efficient, and environmental friendly operation of technical systems. More specifically, this means that the students shall:

- Have sufficient knowledge to be able to explain, categorize and use essential terms, such as safety, risk, reliability, maintenance, maintenance management, and maintainability.
- Be able to explain the different life cycle phases of a system, explain the relations, and define requirements to a safe, reliable and maintainable system.
- Be able to explain the technical, human and organizational resources that constitute maintenance management and an efficient operational organization.
- Be able to utilize risk assessment methods in general, and for maintenance planning of technical systems, in particular.
- Be able to calculate life cycle costs for simple, technical systems.
- Be able to learn from accidents and understand the causal relations between human, technical, and organizational factors.
- Understand basic failure mechanisms and types of failures for technical systems.
- Be able to utilize Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) to develop maintenance programs for technical systems.
- Have knowledge of the statistical basis for relevant maintenance methods, including basic methods for maintenance optimization of costs and intervals.
- Understand the advantages and disadvantages of condition based maintenance and know the principles for the most important condition monitoring methods.
- Be able to analyze and assess the need for condition monitoring of a technical system, and plan implementation.
- Understand the basic principles of prediction and diagnosis.
- Be able to write project reports and document work and results in a structured, clear and concise manner.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, project work, and conventional exercises. Mandatory project work. The course will be taught in English if international students attend. 75% of the exercises are requiered for admission to the final exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The project work counts 30% on the course grade, and the final exam 70%. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may change from written to oral.
For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Lecture notes and handouts distributed through Its learning.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIN2010 7.5 2012-08-30
TMR4265 7.5 2012-09-01
TPK5165 2.5 2010-09-01 2011-08-31


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Work 30/100
Autumn ORD Written examination 70/100 A 2017-12-15 09:00
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.