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A maintenance policy for repairable systems based on opportunistic failure-rate tolerance

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2 Author(s)
X. Zheng ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Wichita State Univ., KS, USA ; N. Fard

An opportunistic hazard rate replacement policy for a repairable system with several types of units is presented. A unit is repaired at failure when the hazard rate falls in (0, L-u). A unit is replaced at failure when the hazard rate falls in (L-u , L). An operating unit is replaced when its hazard rate reaches L. When a unit is replaced because its hazard rate reaches L, all operating units with their hazard rates falling in (L-u, L) are replaced. The long-run mean cost rate as a function of L and u is derived. Optimal L and u are obtained to minimize the total maintenance cost rate. Application and analysis of results are demonstrated through a numerical example. The maintenance model is designed for a system with multitype units. Each type has its own increasing hazard rate. Units are repaired or replaced depending on their hazard rate at a failure or active replacement of another unit. The repair interval, replacement limit, and replacement tolerance are determined to yield the optimal total maintenance cost rate

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IEEE Transactions on Reliability  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 2 )