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A prognostic function for complex systems to support production and maintenance co-operative planning based on an extension of object oriented Bayesian networks

Desforges, Xavier and Diévart, Mickaël and Archimède, Bernard A prognostic function for complex systems to support production and maintenance co-operative planning based on an extension of object oriented Bayesian networks. (2017) Computers in Industry, 86. 34-51. ISSN 0166-3615

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compind.2017.01.002


The high costs of complex systems lead companies to improve their efficiency. This improvement can particularly be achieved by reducing their downtimes because of failures or for maintenance purposes. This reduction is the main goal of Condition-Based Maintenance and of Prognostics and Health Management. Both those maintenance policies need to install appropriate sensors and data processes not only to assess the current health of their critical components but also their future health. These future health assessments, also called prognostics, produce the Remaining Useful Life of the components associated to imprecision quantifications. In the case of complex systems where components are numerous, the matter is to assess the health of whole systems from the prognostics of their components (the local prognostics). In this paper, we propose a generic function that assesses the future availability of complex systems from their local prognostics (the prognostics of their components) by using inferences rules. The results of this function can then be used as decision support indicators for planning productive and maintenance tasks. This function exploits a proposed extension for Object Oriented Bayesian Networks (OOBN) used to model the complex system in order to assess the probabilities of failure of components, functions and subsystems. The modeling of the complex system is required and it is presented as well as modeling transformations to tackle some OOBN limitations. Then, the computing inference rules used to define the future availability of complex systems are presented. The extension added to OOBN consists in indicating the components that should first be maintained to improve the availabilities of the functions and subsystems in order to provide a second kind of decision support indicators for maintenance. A fictitious multi-component system bringing together most of the structures encountered in complex systems is modeled and the results obtained from the application of the proposed generic function are presented as well as ways that production and maintenance planning can used the computed indicators. Then we show how the proposed generic prognostic function can be used to predict propagations of failures and their effects on the functioning of functions and subsystems.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The definitive version is available at : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01663615
HAL Id:hal-01490597
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Institution:Other partners > AKKA Technologies (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:07 Feb 2017 15:44

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