Reliability Centered Maintenance Costing (RCMC)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,975.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-05-M-2568
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-186-3272
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-186
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
KNOWLEDGE BASED SYSTEMS, INC.
1408 University Drive East, College Station, TX, 77840
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
555403328
Principal Investigator:
Michael Painter
Senior Systems Analyst
(979) 260-5274
mpainter@kbsi.com
Business Contact:
Donielle Mayer
Business Operations Manager
(979) 260-5274
dmayer@kbsi.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of this project is to develop, demonstrate, and successfully deploy a genetic algorithm-based, Reliability Centered Maintenance Costing (RCMC) tool and supporting application methodology to help users maximize propulsion system availability while simultaneously minimizing life cycle cost. Unlike on-condition maintenance (OCM), which involves repairs or replacements driven by policy (e.g., periodic maintenance schedules) and/or failure to meet specified form, fit, or function specification limits, the RCMC methodology considers the overall effects of possible maintenance actions _ or the risk of not performing those maintenance actions _ on aggregate level metrics like engine availability, performance, and life cycle cost. This effort expands the RCM concept to treat aircraft engines as part of a propulsion system that is either now, or at some point will be, part of an individual aircraft system. Using the products of this effort, users in the depot and field maintenance units will have visibility and decision support enabling them to develop effective engine maintenance plans and schedules in a user-friendly, multi-criteria optimization environment.

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