Title: Maintenance cycle optimisation of multi-component systems under the constraints of overall cost and reliability

Authors: Hong Xiao; Rongyue Zhang; Zhigang Chen; Yingshuang Liu; Yubin Zhou

Addresses: School of Computer, Guangdong University of Technology, No.100 Wai huan Xi Raod, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, Panyu District, Guang Zhou, 510006, China ' School of Computer, Guangdong University of Technology, No.100 Wai huan Xi Raod, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, Panyu District, Guang Zhou, 510006, China ' School of Computer, Guangdong University of Technology, No.100 Wai huan Xi Raod, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, Panyu District, Guang Zhou, 510006, China ' School of Computer, Guangdong University of Technology, No.100 Wai huan Xi Raod, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, Panyu District, Guang Zhou, 510006, China ' School of Computer, Guangdong University of Technology, No.100 Wai huan Xi Raod, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, Panyu District, Guang Zhou, 510006, China

Abstract: Periodic maintenance inevitably leads to 'over-maintenance' or 'non-timely maintenance' of equipment or systems. To improve reliability and reduce maintenance cost, this paper presents a dynamic maintenance cycle optimisation model for multi-component systems. In this paper, the influence of different maintenance intervals on system reliability and total maintenance cost is determined under the conditions that the system has a limited service time and the components are not fully maintained. The model uses the optimisation of system maintenance cost as the objective function to determine the optimal preventive maintenance times and maintenance intervals under the constraint of the lowest reliability of the system. The simulation results of the final example verify that the proposed method can significantly improve the maintenance cost, system reliability, and reliability fluctuation stability. And it can be used to guide subway maintenance cycle optimisation.

Keywords: subway vehicles; lifetime maintenance cost; imperfect maintenance; optimisation; multi-component.

DOI: 10.1504/IJES.2020.108862

International Journal of Embedded Systems, 2020 Vol.13 No.2, pp.148 - 157

Received: 15 Nov 2018
Accepted: 29 Apr 2019

Published online: 11 May 2020 *

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