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Availability based maintenance scheduling in Domestic Hot water of HVAC system


Availability based maintenance scheduling in Domestic Hot water of HVAC system

Pourhosseini, Omid (2016) Availability based maintenance scheduling in Domestic Hot water of HVAC system. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Reliability centered maintenance is an analytical tool for preventive maintenance planning. The availability based maintenance method is a branch of reliability centered maintenance, which considers mean time to failure (MTTF) and mean time to repair (MTTR). MTTF of a system is identified from the reliability distribution of its components, and MTTR defines maintenance period of components. In this sense, a reliability function is determined from historic failure data of components during their operation period (in form of a bathtub curve). MTTF is calculated based on this reliability function. This thesis is based on availability based maintenance on the domestic hot water (DHW) of HVAC system, which incorporates the time needed for maintenance of components in availability analysis. The Keeping system availability (KSA) method provides maintenance scheduling by considering the outcomes of the maintenance on the DHW system, while maintaining the availability of the current system. This method has been developed in the maintenance scheduling of power plants as the continual availability of the power generation systems is a critical issue. We have adopted this approach for DHW system of HVAC, which is a critical component in provision of hot water during long cold seasons in Canada. The availability based maintenance approach with KSA decision process has been developed to optimize the maintenance schedule of components in order to prevent over-maintenance. For this purpose, we rely on MTTF and MTTR. MTTF is quantified by the reliability function in a component, and its value should be modified based on pre-defined scenarios, which indicate average maintenance interval (AMI) types. Then, the existing components with a different maintenance times are sorted according to the maintenance effect on keeping the availability of the system, while reducing the maintenance cost. The sorting list is divided into two groups: top loop (components with low maintenance effect), and bottom loop (components with high maintenance effect). After running the KSA decision process, the outcomes consist of different “STEP NO” with different combinations of maintenance scenarios in the existing components in the DHW system. The main criterion in selection of the “STEP NO” is to have the modified availability (system with maintenance plan) equal to or greater than the current system availability (system without maintenance plan). In the next step, we examine changing the arrangement of the heat transfer sub-system from parallel to standby in order to reduce maintenance cost, while keeping the availability of the system at the same level. In addition, a replacement analysis is performed on the heat exchanger to identify the replacement time in its repairable subcomponents. Finally, a life cycle cost (LCC) analysis is performed to compare the maintenance cost and replacement cost between these two options.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Pourhosseini, Omid
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Sc.
Program:Civil Engineering
Date:5 October 2016
Thesis Supervisor(s):Nasiri, Fuzhan
ID Code:981939
Deposited On:09 Jun 2017 13:59
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:54
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