Virtual series-system models of imperfect repair

Nafisah, I, Shrahili, M, Alotaibi, N and Scarf, PA ORCID: 2019, 'Virtual series-system models of imperfect repair' , Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 188 (Aug 19) , pp. 604-613.

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Novel models of imperfect repair are fitted to classic reliability datasets. The models suppose that a virtual system comprises a component and a remainder in series. On failure of the component, the component is renewed, and on failure of the remainder, the component is renewed and the remainder is minimally repaired. It follows that the repair process is a counting process that is the superposition of a renewal process and a Poisson process. The repair effect, that is, the extent to the system is repaired by renewal of the component, depends on the relative intensities of the superposed processes. The repair effect may be negative, when the intensity of the part that is a renewal process is a decreasing function. Other special cases of the model exist (renewal process, Poisson process, superposed renewal process and homogeneous Poisson process). Model fit is important because the nature of the model and corresponding parameter values determine the effectiveness of maintenance, which we also consider. A cost-minimizing repair policy may be determined provided the cost of preventive-repair is less than the cost of corrective-repair and the repairable part is ageing. If the remainder is ageing, then policy needs to be adapted as it ages.

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: 26 Mar 2019 09:51
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 01:21

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