Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jing Fu


Topics include maintenance planning and scheduling, organisation of maintenance resources, quantitative techniques in maintenance management. Queue theory; network planning and Monte Carlo simulation are introduced. Preventive and condition-based maintenance, failure analysis, reliability engineering, computerised maintenance management and appraising maintenance performance are examined and industry-based case studies are presented. The T* integral limitation and growth rules as well as variable amplitude loading and the alternating finite element method are covered. Damage tolerant design principles complete the unit.


Upon completion of this unit, students should:

  • have an awareness of the importance of system integrity and the possible consequences of system failures;
  • understand basic tools for risk identification and failure analysis and the underlying physical failure mechanisms;
  • apply risk assessment, reliability theory and failure analysis technique to physical processes;
  • understand basic maintenance strategies and the non-destructive inspection methods that are currently available;
  • recognise the importance of maintenance management and decision making based on risk in the operation of industry and business.


Examination (2 hours): 60%
Assignments and laboratory work: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

33 lecture hours, 10 practice class hours and 12 laboratory hours