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Queuing Models for Estimating Aircraft Fleet Availability

Sarma, VVS and Ramchand, K and Rao, AK (1977) Queuing Models for Estimating Aircraft Fleet Availability. In: IEEE Transactions on Reliability, R-26 (4). 253 -256.

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The availability of a small fleet of aircraft in a flying-base, repair-depot combination is modeled and studied. First, a deterministic flow model relates parameters of interest and represents the state-of-the art in the planning of such systems. Second, a cyclic queue model shows the effect of the principal uncertainties in operation and repair and shows the consequent decrease in the availability of aircraft at the flying-base. Several options such as increasing fleet size, investments in additional repair facilities, or building reliability and maintainability into the individual aircraft during its life-cycle are open for increasing the availability. A life-cycle cost criterion brings out some of these features. Numerical results confirm Rose's prediction that there exists a minimal cost combination of end products and repair-depot capability to achieve a prescribed operational availability.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: IEEE Transactions on Reliability
Publisher: IEEE
Additional Information: Copyright 1977 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Communication Engineering
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2010 10:22
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:49
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/24177

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