Graduation Year

2005

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

M.S.I.E.

Degree Granting Department

Industrial Engineering

Major Professor

Dr Geoffrey Okogbaa.

Keywords

Failure-repair process, Non-steady state, Renewal theory, Simulation, Instantaneous availability, Sensitivity analysis

Abstract

Most modern systems are equipped with very complex, expensive, and high technology components whose maintenance costs have become an increasingly large portion of the total operating cost of these systems. Thus, the efficacy of the maintenance policy for these and related systems has become a major concern to both manufacturing and design engineers. Different kinds of maintenance strategies have been proposed to solve the problem. While some of these have proven effective, there is yet no definitive approach that has been found that support the maintainability requirements of transient systems or systems that exhibit transient behavior. Transient behavior is the notion of non-steady state operation, which is the characteristic of system operation during its useful life.

For designing convenience most of the maintenance strategies have assumed negligible maintenance or repair time which is not practical.In this research an opportunistic maintenance (OM) approach is implemented on a multi-unit system that exhibits transient behavior. Under OM policy, if a maintenance event has been scheduled for certain components and in the process of implementing the scheduled maintenance of these targeted components, the maintenance of other components whose maintenance times are in close proximity is also implemented at the same time. As a result, the time and cost of marshalling and staging maintenance resources are reduced. As part of the system effectiveness measure, the instantaneous system availability based on the transient nature of the system, is estimated using the renewal theory approach.

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