2019 Mechanical Design Reliability Course

2019 Mechanical Design Reliability Course Image

2019 Mechanical Design Reliability Course Image

No Attendance Restrictions Specified


Event Date: 
October 15, 2019 to October 17, 2019
SURVICE Engineering

Course Description:
The Mechanical Design Reliability Course (MDRC) is a practical application of fundamental mechanical engineering to system and component reliability. Designed for the practitioner, this course covers the theories of mechanical reliability and demonstrates the supporting mathematical theory. For the beginner, the essential tools of reliability analysis are presented and demonstrated. These applications are further solidified by in-class exercises and open discussion.

The objective of this extensive application of reliability principles is to leave the participants prepared to address reliability related to mechanical equipment and provide competency in the predominant tools of mechanical system reliability analysis. Course handouts include a student handbook and a System Reliability Toolkit-V.

Provided by: Defense System Information Analysis Center (DSIAC).

Course cost: $0

Instructor: Ned Criscimagna

The instructor for this course is Mr. Ned Criscimagna, a former U.S. Air Force officer with 20 years of active duty service, serving as an aircraft maintenance officer, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a reliability engineer in program management for the B-1A bomber program, and a reliability engineer at the Air Force Systems Command and Headquarters.  After retiring from the Air Force, he worked in industry for 21 years and then as a private consultant for 12 years.  He is currently employed part time by SAIC.  Mr. Criscimagna has more than 46 years of practical experience in the reliability and maintainability (R&M) world.  He has provided reliability support to the Tomahawk Block IV missile development program and audited the R&M programs for the F-15, F-16, and B-1B aircraft; Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile; Global Positioning Satellite user equipment; Joint Tactical Information Distribution System; Advanced Tactical Fighter; and the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night system. He has presented  MDRC to the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Marine Corps, and many aerospace and commercial product companies.  He has supported the Tomahawk program, all three military services and the U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Department of Defense Acquisition and Technology Office (DoD/AT&L). Mr. Criscimagna has been instrumental in developing R&M courses for the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and, as an employee of SAIC, is currently supporting the DAU in developing three new R&M courses under the auspices of DoD/AT&L.

The class runs from 0800 to 1600 each day.

Registration Information: 

Registration is now full and the course is closed. 



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Section 1: Introduction and Overview

  • Administration
  • Introductions
  • DSIAC and IACs
  • What is reliability
  • Early history of reliability
  • Reliability, safety, maintainability, and availability
  • What to expect from this course
  • Course overview

Section 2: Section 2: Basics

  • The Importance of Reliability
  • The Elements of a Comprehensive Reliability Program
  • More Definitions
  • Parts versus Systems - Why the Distinction is Important
  • Data - A Universal Need and a Universal Problem

Section 3: Probability and Statistics

  • Overview
  • Probability and General Rules
  • Probability Density Functions
  • Reliability Function
  • Hazard Function

Section 4: Reliability Requirements and Goal Setting

  • Derive customer needs
  • Derive customer performance reliability requirements
  • Determine product design reliability requirements/goals
  • Develop system reliability model
  • Allocate system reliability requirements/goals to lower levels

Section 5: Reliability Assessment

  • Definitions
  • Why we need assessment
  • Assessment through Similarity
  • Parts Assessment
  • System assessment

Section 6: Failure Modes & Effects Analysis and FMECA

  • What is a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)?
  • What are the benefits of performing an FMEA?
  • When is an FMEA conducted?
  • Who should perform an FMEA?
  • What are the prerequisites, procedures and data elements?
  • How should the results be presented?
  • What is an FMECA?

Section 7: Fault Tree Analysis

  • What is a Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
  • Benefits of performing an FTA
  • Appropriate applications of an FTA
  • FTA procedures
  • Performing a qualitative analysis
  • Performing a quantitative analysis
  • Related analyses

Section 8: Testing During Development

  • Objectives of reliability testing during development
  • Reliability Growth Testing
  • Reliability Qualification Testing
  • Accelerated Life Testing
  • Maximizing usefulness of testing

Section 9: Sustaining Reliability During Production

  • Translating a design from the computer to hardware cannot be done perfectly because of:
    • Limitations in machine and human capabilities
    • Imperfect manufacturing processes
    • Involvement of numerous suppliers and subcontractors
  • Minimizing any negative impact of production on reliability requires:
    • Quality assurance
    • Configuration management and control
    • Supplier management
    • Production Testing

Section 10: Sustaining Reliability Throughout a System’s Life

  • Operational Considerations
  • Designing for Maintainability
  • Developing a Reliability-based Maintenance Program
  • Data

Section 11: Review and Final Thoughts

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive reliability program
  • Make effective use of data
  • Improve your reliability program
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