Robustness of maintenance decisions: Uncertainty modelling and value of information

A Zitrou, Tim Bedford, Alireza Daneshkhah

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    In this paper we show how sensitivity analysis for a maintenance optimisation problem can be undertaken by using the concept of expected value of perfect information (EVPI). This concept is important in a decision-theoretic context such as the maintenance problem, as it allows us to explore the effect of parameter uncertainty on the cost and the resulting recommendations. To reduce the computational effort required for the calculation of EVPIs, we have used Gaussian process (GP) emulators to approximate the cost rate model. Results from the analysis allow us to identify the most important parameters in terms of the benefit of 'learning' by focussing on the partial expected value of perfect information for a parameter. The analysis determines the optimal solution and the expected related cost when the parameters are unknown and partially known. This type of analysis can be used to ensure that both maintenance calculations and resulting recommendations are sufficiently robust. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)60-71
    Number of pages12
    JournalReliability Engineering & System Safety
    Early online date13 Mar 2013
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


    • Preventive maintenance
    • optimisation
    • Gaussian processes
    • value of information


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