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

Report Date:

1992-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

113.0

Abstract:

The Reliability, Availability and Maintainability in Computer-Aided Design RAMCAD Program was established by the Air Force Armstrong Laboratory ALHRGA 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.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE