An exact algorithm for preventive maintenance planning of series-parallel systems

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Reliability is a meaningful parameter in assessing the performance of systems such as chemical processing facilities, power plant, aircrafts, ships, etc. In the literature, reliability optimization is widely considered during the system design phase and it is carried out by an opportune selection of both system components and redundancy. On the other hand, the problem of maintaining a required level of reliability by an opportune maintenance policy has been poorly examined. The paper tackles this problem for a system whose major components can be maintained only during a planned system downtime. An exact algorithm is proposed in order to single out the set of components that must be maintained to guarantee a required reliability level up to the next planned stop with the minimum cost. In order to verify the algorithm effectiveness, it has been applied to a complex real case regarding ship maintenance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1517-1525
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2009


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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