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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

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William A. Cunningham, PhD


Reliability-centered maintenance is an approach to analyzing how and when equipment fails in order to maintain a desired level of performance or functionality. It employs the use of failure modes, effects and criticality analysis to rank order potential failures, and combines this rank order with the use of a prescribed decision logic process to determine what preventive maintenance tasks should be performed and when. Reliability-centered maintenance analysis has been used by the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard, and commercial airlines to develop and update preventive maintenance programs for their aircraft for many years. While the United States Air Force has prescribed the use of reliability-centered maintenance analysis to develop preventive maintenance programs for new acquisitions, the use of this analysis to revise and update preventive maintenance programs on existing aircraft is relatively new. Once the analysis yields maintenance tasks and intervals, this analysis must be successfully implemented in a revised preventive maintenance program in order to be effective. This research proposes a solution to successfully implement reliability-centered maintenance analysis results in a revised preventive maintenance program for the F-15 weapons system.

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