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Availability analysis of a LNG processing plant using the Markov process


Hassan, J and Thodi, P and Khan, FI, Availability analysis of a LNG processing plant using the Markov process, Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, 22, (3) pp. 302-320. ISSN 1355-2511 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2016

DOI: doi:10.1108/JQME-05-2012-0018


Purpose -

The purpose of this paper is to propose a state dependent stochastic Markov model for availability analysis of process plant instead of traditional time dependent model.

Design/methodology/approach -

The traditional concepts of system performance measurement and reliability (namely, binary; two-state concepts) are observed to be inadequate to characterize performance of complex system components. Availability analysis considering an intermediate state, such as a degraded state, provides a better alternative mechanism for system performance mapping. The availability model provides a better assessment of failure and repair characteristics for equipment in the sub-system and its overall performance. In addition to availability analysis, this paper also discusses the preventive maintenance (PM) program to achieve target availability. In this model, the degraded state is considered as a PM state. Using Markov analysis the optimum maintenance interval is determined.

Findings -

Markov process provides an easier way to measure the performance of the process facility. This study also revealed that the maintenance interval has a major influence in the availability of a process facility as well as in maintaining target availability. The developed model is also applicable to the varying target availability as well as having the capability to handle even the reconfigured process systems.

Research limitations/implications -

,p>Considering the degraded state as an operative state, a higher availability of the plant is predicted. The consideration of the degraded state of the system makes the availability estimation more realistic and acceptable. Availability quantification, target availability allocation and a PM model are exemplified in a sub-system of an liquefied natural gas facility.

Originality/value -

The unique features of the present study are; Markov modeling approach integrating availability and PM; optimum PM interval determination of stochastically degrading components based on target availability; consideration of three-state systems; and consideration of increasing failure rates.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Markov process, preventive maintenance,steady-state availability, availability, failure analysis, liquefied natural gas, maintenance, Markov processes, preventive maintenance, stochastic systems, availability analysis, availability estimation
Research Division:Mathematical Sciences
Research Group:Statistics
Research Field:Stochastic analysis and modelling
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in engineering
UTAS Author:Khan, FI (Professor Faisal Khan)
ID Code:120367
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2017-08-23
Last Modified:2018-04-11

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