To introduce the principles of risk and reliability engineering and associated tools and methods to solve relevant engineering problems in industry.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,850. The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

The total length of course is five days and consists of several theoretical, practical workshops and case study sessions as well as tutorial and software training.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse the concepts and principals of risk and reliability engineering and their potential applications to different engineering problems,
  • Assess and analyse appropriate approaches to the collection and interpretation of data in the application of risk and reliability engineering methods, 
  • Evaluate and select appropriate techniques and tools for qualitative and quantitative risk analysis and reliability assessment,
  • Analyse and evaluate failure distributions, failure likelihood and potential consequences, and develop solutions for control/mitigation of risks. 

Core content

  • Introduction and fundamentals of risk management and reliability engineering,
  • Failure distributions: how to analysis and interpret failure data, introduce the most commonly used discrete and continuous failure distributions (e.g. Poisson, Exponential, Weibull and Normal),
  • Risk management process: hazard identification, assessment, evaluation and mitigation (risk acceptance, reduction, ignorance, transfer),
  • Risk assessment techniques: risk matrix, Pareto analysis, fault tree analysis (FTA), event tree analysis (ETA), failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), failure mode, effects and criticality analysis (FMECA), hazard and operability study (HAZOP),
  • Reliability and availability analysis: system duty cycle, breakdown/shutdown, MTTF/MTBF/MTTR, survival, failure/hazard rate,
  • Reliability analysis techniques: reliability block diagram (RBD), minimal cut-set (MCS), series and parallel configurations, k-out-of-n systems, active and passive redundancies,
  • Introduction to structural reliability analysis: stress strength interference and limit state function, first-order / second-order reliability method (FORM/SORM), Damage accumulation and modelling of time-dependent reliability,
  • Identification of the role of inspection and Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) in risk reduction and reliability improvement,
  • Introduction to maintainability and its various measures,
  • Introduction to process safety and risk assessment in design,
  • Workshops and case studies: Work in groups to determine the risk and reliability of systems relevant to process, mechanical, offshore, and renewable engineering, such as subsea production systems, power distribution networks, wind turbines, gas turbines, concentrating solar power plants, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen production.

Who should attend

This training is suitable for mechanical, process, energy engineers and professionals that want to obtain knowledge on applied aspects of risk and reliability engineering.


Dr Dawid Hanak


10% discount applies if booked 8 weeks in advance. 10% discount for 3rd and subsequent delegates from the same company/site. Discounts can be combined.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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