Aero-Engine Maintenance Cost Optimization by RCM
V.K. Shanmuganathan1, Dr. A.P. Haran2, S. Ragavendran3, N. Gayathri4
1-Research Scholar, Anna University, Chennai.
2-Professor & Head, Dept. of Aero Engg, Park College of Engg&Tech, Coimbatore.
1&3-Asst Prof, Jaya Engineering College, Chennai.
4-Asst. Prof, Veltech HighTech Dr.Rangarajan Dr.Sakunthala Engg College, Chennai.
Abstract: The need for reducing the operating cost keeps escalating day by day. The survivability of Airline Industries relies on their ability to optimize the operating cost. The cost of maintenance is 12% of Total Operating Cost. If the wastages of men power, machines, materials and downtime are properly eliminated appropriately means, then the cost of maintenance can be minimized. Implementation of Lean & Six Sigma principles in Aircraft & Aero engine maintenance can optimize the maintenance cost. But it requires right decisions to be needed at right time. Continuous assessment of reliability based in past and on condition data will empower the operator to take right decision about maintenance planning. Reliability Centered Maintenance will be an useful aid for implementing Lean or Six Sigma principles in aircraft maintenance industries without jeopardizing the safety or airworthiness requirements. And hence the optimization of maintenance cost and increase the availability of aircraft and its components can be realized.
[V.K. Shanmuganathan, A.P. Haran, S. Ragavendran, N. Gayathri. Aero-Engine Maintenance Cost Optimization by RCM. Life Sci J 2013;10(1):2891-2896] (ISSN:1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com.
Keywords: Bath Tub Curve, Hazard rate function, RBD, P chart, Weibull Distribution.