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Optimal Maintenance Policies for Machines Subject to Deterioration and Intermittent Breakdowns

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2 Author(s)
V. V. S. Sarma ; Department of Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. ; Mansoor Alam

Optimal preventive maintenance policies, for a machine subject to deterioration with age and intermittent breakdowns and repairs, are derived using optimal control theory. The optimal policies are shown to be of bang-bang nature. The extension to the case when there are a large number of identical machines and several repairmen in the system is considered next. This model takes into account the waiting line formed at the repair facility and establishes a link between this problem and the classical ``repairmen problem.''

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IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics  (Volume:SMC-5 ,  Issue: 3 )