Modelling inspection and replacement quality for a protection system

Alberti, A, Cavalcante, CAV, Scarf, PA ORCID: and Silva, ALO 2018, 'Modelling inspection and replacement quality for a protection system' , Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 176 , pp. 145-153.

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An inspection and replacement policy for a protection system is described by a mathematical model that incorporates multiple aspects of maintenance quality. A three-state component failure model is assumed, with a defective state preceding failure. The quality of maintenance intervention is modelled by supposing that inspections may misclassify defects (false positives and false negatives) and further that an inspection may induce a defect. The quality of replacement is modelled by supposing that a component arises from a heterogeneous population, composed of weak and strong items and with the mixing parameter determining quality. Isolation valves used in water distribution systems motivate the model development, and a case study is considered in this context. We evaluate the impact of these aspects of the quality of maintenance upon cost and production losses. Defect induction is found to be a key determinant of the cost-optimal policy. The proposed model allows us to verify conditions that justify investment in higher quality maintenance, and thus to provide guidance for prioritization of this investment.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Reliability Engineering & System Safety
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0951-8320
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Depositing User: Dr Philip Scarf
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2018 09:15
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 23:07

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