A Simulation Study of Operational Availability of Canadian Armed Forces Equipment Under Different Maintenance Regimes

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Authors
  1. Boukhtouta, A.
  2. Ghanmi, A.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
This paper presents a study on operational availability (OA) of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) equipment. An OA conceptual framework for CAF land equipment was developed and implemented in a discrete event simulation model to assess the impact of different maintenance regimes (planned, non-planned, and condition based). The basic premise of the condition based maintenance is that maintenance is conducted on equipment based on evidence of need, rather than any time or usage schedule. In the simulation, activity durations (repair time, failure time, supply delay, etc.) and maintenance decisions were represented by probability distributions. Preliminary results indicated that the OA framework captures general trends of CAF land equipment availability and that the maintenance regimes, particularly the condition based maintenance, would have a great impact on OA. A sensitivity analysis was also conducted to examine options for improving OA of military equipment.
Keywords
simulation;operational availability;maintenance;condition-based maintenance;corrective maintenance;scheduled maintenance
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-P154 — External Literature
Date of publication
07 Jan 2016
Number of Pages
7
DSTKIM No
CA041870
CANDIS No
802983
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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