Minimisation of Non-periodic Preventive Maintenance Cost in Series-Parallel Systems
A new method to optimise the non-periodic preventive maintenance model of a series-parallel system is proposed. A two-stage algorithm that incorporates the failure limit policy to determine maintenance components, maintenance times, and total maintenance cost is suggested. When the reliability of the system reaches a threshold value, preventive maintenance is performed. The first stage identifies the parallel subsystem required to be maintained, while the second stage determines the component required to be maintained in the parallel sub-system. A unit-cost life index (UCL) has been developed to evaluate the extent to which maintaining a component extends the life of a system for the parallel subsystem. Three simulated cases demonstrate the effectiveness and the practicality of the proposed method in optimising the non-periodic preventive maintenance model of a series-parallel system.
Defence Science Journal, 2011, 61(1), pp.44-50, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.61.61
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