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SparesProvisioning Strategy for Periodically Replaced Units within the FleetRetirement Period
(English)In: Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

Within aviation enterprises, the process of dismantling an aircraft at the end of its life is referred to as parting-out. Obviously, the asset value of the units and materials parted out from the retired airframes can be considerable. The benchmarked best practice within the aviation industry is to dismantle the retired aircraft and use the parted-out spares to support the remaining fleet or to offer them on the surplus market. Part-out-based spares provisioning (PBSP) has been a major focus of attention for aviation companies. The PBSP approach is a complex task that requires a multidisciplinary and integrated decision-making process. In order to control the stock level and fulfil the decision criteria within PBSP, it is necessary to make decisions on the termination, at specific times, of both the parting-out process and the maintenance and repair actions performed on the units.

This paper considers repairable units and introduces a computational model to identify the applicable alternatives for repair termination times that will minimize the number of remaining spares at the end of the retirement period, while fulfilling the availability requirement for spares during the PBSP period, at the lowest possible cost.  The feasible alternatives are compared with regard to their respective costs, and the most cost-effective solution is selected. The cost model uses estimates of future maintenance requirements, the turn-around times, the cost of the various maintenance tasks, the future spares consumption, and the estimated salvage of spares from retired aircraft. The output of the model is a set of applicable alternatives which satisfy the availability requirements for spares for the active fleet. The method is illustrated using a case study performed on the Saab-105 training aircraft. 

The results show that the proposed PBSP approach and computational model provide added value from a sustainability point of view, since the use of existing resources is maximized during the retirement process, through the process of reclaiming units and the applicable maintenance termination alternatives. The implementation of the proposed computational model in a PBSP programme provides a detailed and situation-based overview of the stock level dynamics, and contributes to the spares provisioning process by providing solutions to issues such as obsolescence, last-time buys and cannibalization.

Keyword [en]
Provisioning, Spare parts, End-of-Life, Maintenance, Retirement, Parting-out, Repairable units, Stock level, Dismantling.
National Category
Civil Engineering
Research subject
Operation and Maintenance
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-66222OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-66222DiVA: diva2:1151452
Available from: 2017-10-23 Created: 2017-10-23 Last updated: 2017-10-23
In thesis
1. Part-out Based Spares Provisioning and Management: A Study for Aircraft Retirement
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Part-out Based Spares Provisioning and Management: A Study for Aircraft Retirement
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The operation and maintenance phase of a complex technical system may deal with strategicdecisions for asset retirement and end-of-life management. When a fleet of aircraft reachesthe retirement phase, the operation of remaining fleet should still be kept at a defined level ofavailability. Obviously, the provisioning of spares is a key issue to support the maintenanceand operation of the remaining fleet. The best practice within the aviation industry is to re-usethe spares of retired aircraft to support the operational fleet. This is referred to parting-out.The purpose of the research conducted for this thesis has been to develop decision supportmethodologies, models and tools for the management of a sustainable part-out-based sparesprovisioning for an aircraft fleet during its retirement period. The proposed methodology willbe used to support the retirement process of aircraft fleet and enhance the organisation’scapability of making efficient and cost-effective decisions concerning the re-use of spare partsduring the retirement period. To achieve the purpose of this research, literature studies, casestudies, algorithm development and simulations have been conducted. Empirical data havebeen collected through document studies, interviews, and the perusal of archival records fromSaab Support and Services AB. The data analysis performed for this research has been basedon theories and methodologies within reliability analysis, cost modelling, spares forecasting,stock provisioning and decision making, in combination with the best practices implementedby the aviation industry for the end-of-life management and retirement of aircraft.In the present thesis, part-out-based spares provisioning (PBSP) program is proposed to utiliseretired aircraft units effectively as spare parts. The proposed approach is illustrated andverified through a case study performed on the “Saab-105” military aircraft fleet withinSwedish air force fleet. A PBSP programme is proposed, associated management activitiesare described, the key decision criteria are presented, and a functional framework for aneffective PBSP is suggested. The proposed PBSP program provides a foundation for furthermeasures and tasks to be performed within the retirement period, such as terminatingmaintenance contracts, discarding internal maintenance capabilities, reviewing stocks, scalingdown administrative processes (e.g. spares procurement and obsolescence monitoring), etc.An important part of the PBSP programme is the reliability analysis of multiple repairableunits, and this has been investigated, using parametric and non-parametric reliabilityapproaches. The aim is to identify a practical approach for estimation of the future sparedemand at fleet level. Furthermore, a set of computational models and search algorithm havebeen developed for the identification of applicable termination times, of both the parting-outprocess and the maintenance and repair actions performed on the units. This includestermination of the parting-out process (PO), the sending of parted-out units directly to storage(POS), and repair actions performed on the units received at the repair shops owing tocorrective (CM) and preventive (PM) maintenance, as well as the parted-out units that need tobe repaired (POM). The feasible termination alternatives are compared with regard to theirrespective costs and the most cost-effective solutions are identified.The results of the research study show that a PBSP programme can yield large reductions inmaintenance and spares procurement costs, while supporting operation of existing fleet athighest required availability. It also contributes positively to implement a green supply chainduring the retirement phase. The methodology and approaches introduced within the thesiscan be applied in other civil applications, such as energy, mining, process industry andtransportation sectors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2017
Series
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
Keyword
Aircraft retirement, End-of-life management, Parting-out, Part-out-based spares provisioning, Reliability analysis, Repairable units, Spare parts provisioning
National Category
Civil Engineering
Research subject
Operation and Maintenance
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-66224 (URN)978-91-7583-990-5 (ISBN)978-91-7583-991-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-11-21, F1031, Luleå tekninska universitet, Luleå, 09:30
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Available from: 2017-10-24 Created: 2017-10-23 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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