Accession Number : AD0739016

Title :   An Optimization Approach to the Determination of Maintenance Float Requirements,

Corporate Author : ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND TEXARKANA TEX INTERN TRAINING CENTER

Personal Author(s) : White,Robert Dale

Report Date : DEC 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 50

Abstract : There are various methods in use today to insure a certain system effectiveness at minimum cost. The method chosen for a specific system is the result of many Reliability-Maintainability studies, Cost-Effectiveness studies and various other trade-off studies. One of these methods, the concept of maintenance float is the subject of the paper. This paper points out some of the many decisions leading to the selection of maintenance float as a method of assuring a specific system availability. The procedure utilized by the Army to calculate the maintenance float requirements of an equipment system does not necessarily yield the optimum solution. The objective of the paper is to present an optimization approach to the solution of maintenance float requirements. The optimization problem lends itself readily to the technique of dynamic programming. A general explanation of dynamic programming is culminated with a computer program utilizing the dynamic programming technique to obtain a solution to the optimization problem. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*REPLACEMENT THEORY, SPARE PARTS), ARMY EQUIPMENT, MAINTENANCE, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, DYNAMIC PROGRAMMING, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, OPTIMIZATION, THESES

Subject Categories : Operations Research
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE