Optimal Replacement of Parts Having Observable Correlated Stages of Deterioration.
POLYTECHNIC INST OF NEW YORK BROOKLYN DEPT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND ELECTROPHYSICS
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A single component system is assumed to progress through a finite number of increasingly bad levels of deterioration. The system with level i 0 or i or n starts in state 0 when new, and is definitely replaced upon reaching the worthless state n. It is assumed that the transition times are directly monitored and the admissible class of strategies allows substitution of a new component only at such transition times. The durations in various deterioration levels are dependent random variables with exponential marginal distributions and a particularly convenient joint distribution. Strategies are chosen to maximize the average rewards per unit time. For some reward functions with the reward rate depending on the state and the duration in this state the knowledge of previous state duration provides useful information about the rate of deterioration. Author
- Operations Research