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  • Start: Feb 3, 2020
  • Duration:10 weeks / 5 EC
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Design for Maintenance Operations

In the course of “Design for Maintenance Operations” we show the importance of the planning phase of the capital asset, for improving the reliability and safety of capital assets and thereby an ensuring smooth introduction. Design for Maintenance is a discipline that has become increasingly important in recent years. In the capital-intensive industry, maintenance expenditures can raise in price several times compared to the initial investment. In order to stay competitive in their business, owners and users of these capital assets take into account the total life cycle cost at investment and the decisions renewal for their installations. Therefore, this interdisciplinary way of thinking in terms of life cycle performance gets special attention in the research and education programmes.

The course fits with the competence profiles of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering, giving to the students the opportunity to learn how to improve the design and a smooth introduction to the maintenance operation of capital assets according to theory and practice from different fields [Safety Engineering, Design for Maintenance, Reliability Engineering, Service logistics, Asset (Life Cycle) Management and Organizational Design]. Furthermore, the course will give an inside view of the complex working of modern industrial organizations. The presented cases study and material make the course practical-oriented and close related to industry. In the course of “Design for Maintenance Operations” we show the importance of the planning phase of the capital asset, for improving the reliability and safety of the capital asset and thereby an ensuring smooth introduction. From another point of view, risk analysis, including safety aspects, since the initial phase of the activity, leads to obvious advantages in terms of effectiveness of the outcome and cheapness of the intervention.

It is clear that the quality, in terms of compliance to the expected requirements and performance, has to be taken into account. During the course, we refer to other specialized courses in which some of the analyses and problems are discussed more in detail (e.g., risk analysis, life cycle assessment).

Learning outcomes

Course structure

The course is divided in 8 main modules.

Introduction to the course

 Intriduction to the course

Introduction to Design for Maintenance

Introduction to Design for Maintenance

Design for Reliability

Design for Reliability

Design for Availability

Design for Availability

Design for Maintainability

Design for Maintainability

Design for Supportability

Design for Supportability

Design for Health, Safety and Environment

Design for Health, Safety and Environment

Design for Economics and Politics

Design for Economics and Politics


  • Teacher:
    Dr. Alberto Martinetti
    Dr. Alberto Martinetti
    Assistant Professor
  • University:
    University of Twente
    Netherlands
    University of Twente

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