Fault Diagnosis and Reliability Analysis


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

1st Semester

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The purpose of the project unit is to contribute to students’ attainment of knowledge about fault detection, diagnosis and relevant reliability analysis of engineering systems 

The project is based on a problem to monitor a process system, which can be a chemical process, mechanical system, or any other safety-critical systems. The reliability of the considered system as well as individual components should be analyzed and assessed using the probabilistic methods. The strategies and methods for Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD) should be determined for the considered system by taking some intelligent methods into consideration. The chosen FDD solution has to be implemented on a real-time platform and tested, either by the computer simulations or a dedicated hardware        

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge and comprehension for how to design, analyze and model different fault diagnosis systems for different typical engineering systems
  • Have knowledge and comprehension of fundamental reliability analysis and modelling


  • Be able to apply probabilistic methods for reliability modelling, analysis and assessment.
  • Be able to apply different fault diagnosis methods for developing monitoring and surveillance system.
  • Be able to verify the analytical and numerical approaches either by means of laboratory experiments or simulation study


  • Be able to control the working and development process within the project theme, and be able to develop new solutions within monitoring and surveillance system.
  • Independently be able to define and analyze monitoring/diagnosis problems from the reliability point of view, and based on that make and state the reasons for decisions made for method selection.
  • Independently be able to continue own development in competences and specialization

Type of instruction

Project work.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 15 ECTS project module, the work load is expected to be 450 hours for the student



Name of examFault Diagnosis and Reliability Analysis
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

Project Module on 2nd Semester Intelligent Reliable Systems (IRS).

Facts about the module

Danish titleFejldiagnosticering og pålidelighedsanalyse
Module codeN-IRS-K2-1
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module
Time allocation for external examinersB


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Intelligent Reliable Systems)
Study BoardStudy Board of Build, Energy, Electronics and Mechanics in Esbjerg
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science