Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Price Smith, PhD
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.
DTIC Accession Number
Neher, Robert E. Jr., "Surveillance Plan for Monitoring the Shelf-Life of Chemical Defense Coveralls" (1996). Theses and Dissertations. 6236.