Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Systems Engineering and Management
Vhance V. Valencia, PhD.
The United States Air Force manages its civil infrastructure resource allocation via a two-dimensional risk model consisting of the consequence of failure and reliability. Air Force civil engineers currently use the BUILDER® Sustainment Management System to estimate and predict reliability at multiple levels within its civil infrastructure systems. Alley (2015) developed and validated a probabilistic model to calculate reliability at the system level. The probabilistic model was found to be a significant improvement over the currently employed BUILDER® model for four major building systems (electrical, HVAC, fire protection, and electrical). This research assessed the performance and accuracy of both the probabilistic and BUILDER® model, focusing primarily on HVAC systems. This research used contingency analysis to assess the performance of each model for HVAC systems at six Air Force installations. Evaluating the contingency analysis results over the range of possible reliability thresholds, it was found that both the BUILDER® and probabilistic model produced inflated reliability calculations for HVAC systems. In light of these findings, this research employed a stochastic method, a Nonhomogenious Poisson Process (NHPP), in an attempt to produce accurate HVAC system reliability calculations. This effort ultimately concluded that the data did not fit a NHPP for the systems considered but posits that other stochastic process can provide more accurate reliability calculations when compared to the two models analyzed.
DTIC Accession Number
Deering, Patrick A., "Validation and Improvement of Reliability Methods for Air Force Building Systems" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 388.