A Methodology for Assessing System Availabilities with Finite Queues, Component Redundancy, and Spare Components.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Logistics support has always been a key element of military combat effectiveness as well as an important element in commercial transportation systems. This research develops an original method to assess the system availability of a small number of vehicles or machines which overcomes some of the flaws of existing models. This small calling population of machines is also known as a finite-source queueing environment. The research method also incorporates backorder distributions based on sampling without replacement which is more accurate in this environment than the more common method of sampling with replacement. Although this general approach can be computationally burdensome, this work proposes two original methods to significantly reduce the number of computations necessary to find a solution. They include eliminating the tails of individual failure distributions and selectively ignoring other components in the system because of their insignificant downtime contributions. The new method also allows the user to include component redundancy and component spares. Finally, an optimization technique is developed to allow the user to optimize operating hours given a system availability goal.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies