Critical analysis of RCM in an Australian ANSP context

Spurry, Nicholas (2015) Critical analysis of RCM in an Australian ANSP context. [USQ Project]


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Airservices does not currently proscribe any methodology for determining scheduled maintenance regimes on equipment that it operates as part of the National Airways System NAS. Airservices has expressed an interest in modernising its maintenance practices, potentially resulting in decreased maintenance costs and increased system performance.

Reliability-Centred Maintenance (RCM) is a structured methodology for developing scheduled maintenance regimes that developed out of research conducted towards the end of
1960s. RCM is commonly used in many industries, however, there is no evidence in the literature that it is used by Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) or organisations
with similar equipment pro�les. Further, when the United States' ANSP, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), announced their intention to implement RCM in 2006, various
unions testified before Congress that the process is unsafe, prompting an investigation by the United States Government Accountability O�ffice (GAO).

This work provides some assurance to Airservices that the RCM process is worth continuing to investigate for potential implementation by modelling the reliability performance of Airservices Essential VHF system under an RCM-derived maintenance regime and comparing it with Airservices existing maintenance regime.

This work found that the modelled system reliability performances were approximately equivalent between maintenance regimes, however the RCM-derived regime required less maintenance hours. A number of qualitative aspects of the RCM process were identified during the analysis and form the basis for recommendations for further work. Overall, Airservices should continue to investigate implementation of the RCM process.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering project
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Goh, Steven
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2016 04:10
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2016 04:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: RCM, ANSP, Maintenance Engineering
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4007 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics > 400799 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics not elsewhere classified

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