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Replacement Scheduling of a Fleet of Hydroelectric Generators: A Case Study

Volume 10, Number 6, September 2014, Paper 7 pp 615-630


Mathematics and Industrial Engineering Department, Polytechnic of Montreal, Montreal, CANADA

(Received on January 21, 2014, revised on May 25, and June 30, 2014)


This paper presents a framework to determine optimal maintenance planning of a fleet of complex and independent systems. They are made up of several major components which operate in different environment conditions, and are built with different technologies. This framework uses proportional hazard model (PHM) to characterize the failure rates of components and the effects of the environmental conditions and the load levels. A nonlinear program is developed to minimize the fleet maintenance cost under age replacement policy of its components and a set of organizational and technical constraints. Lindo API and NOMAD are used to solve the nonlinear model. The framework is applied to set a preliminary plan to overhaul a fleet of 90 hydroelectric generators in 6 power plants over 50 years. Sensitivity and performance indexes are built to interpret the optimization results in two settings: normal and 50% increase in load.


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