Accession Number : ADA265143


Title :   RAMCAD (Reliability, Availability and Maintainability in Computer-Aided Design)


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jul 1987-Jul 1991


Corporate Author : GENERAL DYNAMICS SAN DIEGO CA CONVAIR DIV


Personal Author(s) : Dawson, William J ; Glor, Peter J ; Klement, Mary A ; McManus, James C ; Markowitz, Sid E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a265143.pdf


Report Date : Nov 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 113


Abstract : The Reliability, Availability and Maintainability in Computer-Aided Design (RAMCAD) Program was established by the Air Force Armstrong Laboratory (AL/HRGA) in 1987 as a direct result of the Computer-Aided Acquisition and Logistics Support (CALS) Initiatives. The purpose of RAMCAD was to solicit new and creative solutions to the problem of integrating Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability into Computer-Aided Design. To provide a near-term RAMCAD capability, a principle task, funded by Armstrong Laboratory and the Army Armament, Munitions and Chemical Command (AMCCOM) was contracted to General Dynamics to integrate stand-alone commercially available or public domain reliability, maintainability and supportability analysis software with a computer-aided design workstation for electronic, mechanical and structural design as a RAMCAD Prototype system. RAMCAD provides a common user interface and shared database for reliability, maintainability and supportability of electronic, mechanical and structural designs. Execution of analysis programs is transparent to the user through the common user interface. Additionally, RAMCAD provides a significant process improvement in the quality and robustness of reliability predictions for new designs. This is accomplished by analysis of the environmental stresses experienced by each component in the system, rather than relying on default values or average values for the unit under analysis. This report documents the development of the RAMCAD Prototype System and Lessons Learned.


Descriptors :   *LOGISTICS SUPPORT , *COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN , *CONCURRENT ENGINEERING , STRESSES , COMPUTER PROGRAMS , DATA BASES , LESSONS LEARNED , WEAPON SYSTEMS , DYNAMICS , PROTOTYPES , STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING , ARMY , MECHANICAL ENGINEERING , QUALITY , AVAILABILITY , RELIABILITY , MAINTAINABILITY , INTERFACES , COMPUTERS , PREDICTIONS , ACQUISITION , AIR FORCE , SOFTWARE ENGINEERING , ELECTRONICS


Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE