Development Evaluations

Holders: Prof. Klemenc Jernej, Prof. Nagode Marko

Subject description


Mathematics (from B.Sc. level)
Physics (from B.Sc. level)
Basic knowledge of technical mechanics (statics and load-carrying capacity from B.Sc. level)
Basic knowledge of Machine design or Machine elements (from B.Sc. level)
Basic knowledge of material science or material behaviour (from B.Sc. level)

Content (Syllabus outline)

The process of development (creating a solution, evaluating a solution). Evaluation criteria (functional, dimensional, economic, ecological, with regard to raw materials, technological, aesthetic, maintenance-related, regenerative etc.). The deterministic (safety of operation) and the random concept (reliability, maintainability, supportability – RMS). The elements of RMS. Planning the RMS programme and its implementation. RMS management and control. RMS in the design and evaluation processes, RMS in the manufacturing process and operation. RMS tasks in the engineering process.

Reliability – R: reliability throughout the product life. Definition of reliability requirements, reliability program plan, standards of design for reliability, environmental criteria, modeling reliability, reliability allocation, predicting reliability, contractor control, reliability evaluation, FMEA analysis, testing reliability improvement, Weibull analysis, detecting and rectifying faults, component control program, tracking loads from the environment, probabilistic evaluation of structure reliability, FTA analysis, underload, worst-case analysis.

Maintainability – M: maintainability throughout the product life. Definition of maintainability requirements, maintainability program plan, standards and criteria of maintainability, allocation of maintainability, predicting maintainability, design according to human factors, guidelines for the integration and analysis of self-diagnostics systems, maintainability evaluation, anthropometric evaluation, controlling and solving maintainability problems. Demonstration of maintainability.

Supportability – S: supportability throughout the product life. Integrated plan of logistic support, logistic support analysis, maintenance task analysis, reliability-oriented maintenance, analysing the ability of performing a function, human resources and the planning thereof, comparative analysis, documenting procedures.

Availability (modeling and analysis).

RMS information and databases and resources.

Objectives and competences


The students obtain specific knowledge as an upgrade to the basic knowledge FROM the R&D programme in mechanical engineering and the E&M field programme. This knowledge will enable them to execute developmental tasks in the field of developmental evaluations. The students are acquainted and trained to work using the latest methodical steps of developmental evaluations, with a special emphasis being placed on the reliability, maintainability and supportability.


To obtain engineering know-how and the foundation for various work in the field of development.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

The student learns the state-of-the-art of functionalities, and the developmental, manufacturing and operating specialties of basic building blocks of mechanical actuators.

He or she understands the development, manufacturing and operation of elements and assemblies, as well as the principles of synthesis into machines and devices.


The knowledge and awareness is the foundation for the innovation, developmental and manufacturing processes, as well as for the operation and maintenance of machines and devices. This knowledge therefore represents the basis for modeling new functionalities, manufacturing process planning and power engineering and technical process planning.

16.3 Reflection

The students are able to upgrade their knowledge and get a grasp and understanding of mechatronic systems and the role of mechanical actuators.

16.4 Transferrable skills – related to more than one course

The course provides the skills for using information sources, efficient professional presentations (written and oral), using the computer for modeling and simulation, and the management, execution and evaluation of design, developmental, production and operational/maintenance processes.

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