ESPRiT Course # 5 RCM/RCFA, Reliability Centered Maintenance and Root Cause Failure Analysis - Second round
Date: November 9 - 13, 2009
Host: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Belgrade
Venue: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, room 513, Belgrade, Kraljice Marije 16
Status: confirmed
See the program of the course
Application deadline: November 5, 2009

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General data for the course

Lecturer: Mr. Baloš Daniel, Dipl.-Ing.
Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH
Stuttgart, Germany
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Overview This course presents Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) as methodologies used for logical decision-making process for analysis and definition of the equipment maintenance requirements, as well as for accident prevention.
The focus will be given to the damages mechanisms appearing in different industries, Number of well elaborated examples are included.
Target profile of attendees staff mostly dealing with maintenance work in process, power and petroleum industries
Course contents (divided in units)
1. Unit: Maintenance Strategies and Risk-Based approaches
  • Maintenance Strategy Review (MSR), general approach
  • Functional analysis, case studies. Criticality assessment and example
  • CEN CWA 15740:2008 Risk-Based Inspection and Maintenance Procedures for European Industry (RIMAP)
  • RIMAP Damage mechanisms – Application to risk assessment in industry. Mechanical and Metallurgical Failure Mechanisms
2. Unit: General damage mechanisms – all industries.
  • Uniform or Localized Loss of Thickness, High Temperature Corrosion
  • Environment – Assisted Crackin
  • Examples. Damage mechanisms in Thermal Power plants.
3. Unit: Refining industry damage mechanisms
  • Uniform or Localized Loss in Thickness Phenomena.
  • Environment – Assisted Cracking.
  • Other mechanisms
  • Refining industry damage mechanisms. Process units’ overview.
4. Unit: Damage mechanisms in high temperature components

5. Unit: Overview of NDT Reliability data analysis
  • Overview of NDT Reliability data analysis
  • POD(a) From Signal Response - Data analysis or POS analysis
  • Sources of Generic POD Data
6. Unit: Introduction to the RCM and RC(F)A approaches
  • RCM methodology: function, functional failure, failure classification, failure mode and effect, failure characteristic analysis
  • RCM methodology: consequences, maintenance strategy selection, preventive tasks, proactive tasks
  • RC(F)A Methodology, link to RIMAP methodology
  • RCFA Principles. RCA examples.
Review and conclusions of the course
  • preparation for the final exam
  • final exam
Course duration
5 days
The course includes certification exam.
Special remarks, warnings


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