Accession Number : ADA134280

Title :   A Q-GERT Analysis of the Effect of Improved Automatic Testing on F-16 Aircraft Availability.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTIC S

Personal Author(s) : Benner, Joseph C ; O'Neill, Peter M

PDF Url : ADA134280

Report Date : Sep 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 190

Abstract : Weapon systems and their associated maintenance task complexity have exceeded the limited technical capabilities of today's maintenance personnel. The present maintenance philosophy which relies heavily on Automatic Test Equipment (ATE)to narrow this complexity-capability gap hes several shortcomings. Primarily, the false pull of properly functioning units and the false alarms of Built-in-Test equipment (BITE) result in increased maintenance actions, costs, and aircraft downtime. Implementing systems theory through the Systems Science Paradigm, the authors developed a Q-GERT model of the F-16 maintenance diagnostic process via a queueing scenario of the F-16 Low Power Radio Frequency (LPRF) repair cycle. F-16 Centralized Data System (CDS) data input to the model showed that a simulation model is representative of the actual repair process. Sensitivity analysis indicated that reduced diagnostic error rates significantly affect the time required to generate F-16 aircraft to an operationally ready state. Increased emphasis toward decreasing false alarms and false pulls was recommended. (Author)

Descriptors :   *AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, AVAILABILITY, JET FIGHTERS, RADIO EQUIPMENT, REPAIR, TEST EQUIPMENT, AUTOMATIC, CYCLES, QUEUEING THEORY, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION

Subject Categories : Terminal Flight Facilities
      Operations Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE