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Degree Name

Master of Science


Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

First Advisor

Price Smith, PhD

Second Advisor

Edward Pohl, PhD


This thesis found a surveillance plan to be used to monitor the shelf-life of the Air Force's chemical defense coveralls. The sampling tests are destructive and the objective was to find a surveillance plan that would minimize the number of suits sampled yet provide enough information to accurately determine if the chemical defense coveralls had degraded past a minimum acceptable level. Six sampling plans were developed and analyzed. The sampling plans included the Air Force's original fixed sampling plan, several variations of sequential sampling plans, a Bayesian sampling plan, and an ad hoc pre-posturing plan. Each of the sampling plans were simulated under various degradation functions with various values for test variables. It was determined that the truncated sequential plan showed the most promise for accurately predicting if a population of suits should be accepted or rejected using a minimal amount of suits.

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