Accession Number:

ADA495788

Title:

Assessing Structural Health Monitoring Alternatives Utilizing a Value Focused Thinking Model

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

Report Date:

2009-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

125.0

Abstract:

Current Air Force operations are undergoing significant changes necessitated by increasing fiscal constraints, increasing aircraft age, and a recent drawdown in personnel to perform maintenance, repair, and other necessary functions. To deal with these challenges, the Air Force must effectively improve current operations. This paper will explore potential structural health monitoring SHM solutions to some of the challenges facing aircraft maintenance and repair operations. As with any problem, a variety of solutions exist, and this paper will explore the potential solutions and limitations of various options. Aircraft SHM is an intriguing concept with potential capability to revolutionize current Air Force maintenance operations. However, this capability needs to be balanced with the total life cycle cost associated with developing, training personnel, integrating, maintaining, and disposing of the SHM system. This thesis attempts to analyze several potential solutions to SHM problems by developing and implementing a value-focused thinking model as a decision-making tool.

Subject Categories:

  • Aircraft
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE