Title: Performance modelling and availability analysis of a milk pasteurising system using Petri nets formalism

Authors: Narendra Kumar; P.C. Tewari; Anish Sachdeva

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra-136119, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra-136119, India ' Department of Industrial and Production Engineering, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar-144011, India

Abstract: The focus area of this work is integrating reliability, availability, and maintainability (RAM) aspects into the conceptual process design of a real industrial system. Quantitative performance analysis has been carried out using Petri nets (PN) approach. In the present study, availability is considered as a performance measure which has been used as an indicator of the reliability and maintainability of the plant. The availability is considered in the process design stage for sorting different design alternatives. The proposed technique suggested in this paper provides a better way of understanding the behaviour of a system under varying operating conditions. It will also help practitioners in deciding upon maintenance strategy so that operation and maintenance cost can be optimised. Stochastic Petri nets (SPN) has been used to model the possible interactions among all active or parallel equipments in the system. Performance parameters have been evaluated using modelling and simulation software GRIF of Petri module.

Keywords: failure; RAM tools; Petri nets; PN; performance modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSPM.2020.110915

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, 2020 Vol.15 No.5, pp.401 - 409

Received: 11 Feb 2019
Accepted: 25 Nov 2019

Published online: 15 Oct 2020 *

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