In general terms, reliability is a property of a system that describes the likelihood that the system will successfully perform as intended. In the most exact terms, reliability is the statistical probability that the system will be able to perform its intended mission.
In this course, you will learn how to assess power system reliability quantitatively, and how to interpret the results of this numerical understanding of reliability. This course will give you an introduction to the fundamental concepts of reliability technology as applied to electric power systems serving industrial and commercial facilities. Because it is not possible to talk about the reliability without looking at the reliability of the electric utility system that supplies these installations, we will also spend some time with the techniques used to assess reliability of larger systems as well.
Although the specifics of electric utility system reliability are briefly covered, the majority of the information on reliability in this course is applicable to other disciplines. For example, the concepts of Availability, Mean Time to Failure and the relationship between components in series versus components in parallel apply equally to an electrical circuit or a chemical process.
The student must take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty-five (25) questions at the end of this course to obtain PDH credits.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- What is reliability?
- Calculating failure rate and repair time for components
- What are availability, mean time to failure and mean time to repair
- Building a reliability model
- Series vs. parallel components
- Calculating failure rate and repair time for systems
- Reliability analysis by network reduction vs. simulation
- Finding reliability data needed to build a model
- Electric utility distribution reliability
- Determining best practices for system optimization by inspection
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