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Optimal Design of Accelerated Life Testing Plans for Periodical Replacement with Penalty
Naval Research Logistics (2008)
  • Haitao Liao, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Abstract
Accelerated life testing (ALT), enhanced by optimal test plans, has been widely accepted in practice as a quick approach for estimating the reliability of a product. From the estimation result, preventive maintenance schedules can be determined to ensure the performance of the product under its normal operating conditions. By default, maintenance decision-making is regarded as the last and least rewarding step. However, sometimes the maintenance schedules, such as preventive maintenance intervals, are predetermined due to customer concerns and/or by various mandatory regulations and rules. Under such circumstances, how to accurately estimate the expenditure (e.g., on maintenance or spare parts management) associated with these maintenance requirements becomes an important issue. A viable solution is to incorporate the maintenance requirements into ALT plans. This paper provides an approach for the optimal design of ALT plans oriented by a mandatory periodical replacement schedule subject to a discounted penalty. The objective is to improve the estimation accuracy of the economic impact of this maintenance requirement. A numerical experiment is provided to demonstrate the approach in practical use.
Keywords
  • periodical replacement,
  • accelerated life testing,
  • optimal testing plans
Publication Date
December, 2008
Citation Information
Haitao Liao. "Optimal Design of Accelerated Life Testing Plans for Periodical Replacement with Penalty" Naval Research Logistics Vol. 56 Iss. 1 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/haitao_liao/11/