Availability estimation and management for complex processing systems

Ahmed, Qadeer (2016) Availability estimation and management for complex processing systems. Doctoral (PhD) thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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“Availability” is the terminology used in asset intensive industries such as petrochemical and hydrocarbons processing to describe the readiness of equipment, systems or plants to perform their designed functions. It is a measure to suggest a facility’s capability of meeting targeted production in a safe working environment. Availability is also vital as it encompasses reliability and maintainability, allowing engineers to manage and operate facilities by focusing on one performance indicator. These benefits make availability a very demanding and highly desired area of interest and research for both industry and academia. In this dissertation, new models, approaches and algorithms have been explored to estimate and manage the availability of complex hydrocarbon processing systems. The risk of equipment failure and its effect on availability is vital in the hydrocarbon industry, and is also explored in this research. The importance of availability encouraged companies to invest in this domain by putting efforts and resources to develop novel techniques for system availability enhancement. Most of the work in this area is focused on individual equipment compared to facility or system level availability assessment and management. This research is focused on developing an new systematic methods to estimate system availability. The main focus areas in this research are to address availability estimation and management through physical asset management, risk-based availability estimation strategies, availability and safety using a failure assessment framework, and availability enhancement using early equipment fault detection and maintenance scheduling optimization.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral (PhD))
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11706
Item ID: 11706
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Keywords: Asset Management, Availability, Reliability, Maintainability, Safety, Risk Assessment, Root Cause Analysis, Fault Detection, Decision Trees, Maintenance Scheduling Optimization, Markov Decision Process, Genetic Algorithms
Department(s): Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of
Date: May 2016
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Petroleum industry and trade--Safety measures; Systems availability; Petroleum industry and trade--Management; Root cause analysis; Process control

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