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Title: Incorporating expert judgement into condition based maintenance decision support using a coupled hidden markov model and a partially observable markov decision process
Author: Balali, Samaneh
ISNI:       0000 0004 2744 1586
Awarding Body: University of Strathclyde
Current Institution: University of Strathclyde
Date of Award: 2012
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Preventive maintenance consists of activities performed to maintain a system in a satisfactory functional condition. Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) aims to reduce the cost of preventive maintenance by supporting decisions on performing maintenance actions, based on information reflecting a system's health condition. In practice, the condition related information can be obtained in various ways, including continuous condition monitoring performed by sensors, or subjective assessment performed by humans. An experienced engineer might provide such subjective assessment by visually inspecting a system, or by interpreting the data collected by condition monitoring devices, and hence give an 'expert judgement' on the state of the system. There is limited academic literature on the development of CBM models incorporating expert judgement. This research aims to reduce this gap by developing models that formally incorporate expert judgement into the CBM decisi on process. A Coupled Hidden Markov Model is proposed to model the evolutionary relationship between expert judgement and the true deterioration state of a system. This model is used to estimate the underlying condition of the system and predict the remaining time to failure. A training algorithm is developed to support model parameter estimation. The algorithm's performance is evaluated with respect to the number of expert judgements and initial settings of model parameters. A decision-making problem is formulated to account for the use of expert judgement in selecting maintenance actions in light of the physical investigation of the system's condition. A Partially Observable Markov Decision Process is proposed to recommend the most cost-effective decisions on inspection choice and maintenance action in two consecutive steps. An approximate method is developed to solve the proposed decision optimisation model and obtain the optimal policy. The sensitivity of the optimal policy is evaluated with respect to model parameters settings, such as the accuracy of the expert judgement.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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