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Reliability and Maintenance Analysis of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Authors
  • petritoli, enrico
  • leccese, fabio
  • ciani, lorenzo
Publication Date
Sep 19, 2018
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3390/s18093171
OAI: oai:mdpi.com:/1424-8220/18/9/3171/
Source
MDPI
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Language
English
License
Green
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Abstract

This paper focuses on the development of a new logistic approach based on reliability and maintenance assessment, with the final aim of establishing a more efficient interval for the maintenance activities for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). In the first part, we develop an architectural philosophy to obtain a more detailed reliability evaluation / then, we study the intrinsic reliability at the design stage in order to avoid severe critical issues in the UAV. In the second part, we compare different maintenance philosophies for UAVs and develop the concepts of preventive and corrective maintenance that consider the system subjected (until real &ldquo / hard failure&rdquo / ) to partial performance degradation (&ldquo / soft failure&rdquo / ). Finally, by evaluation of the uncertainty through the confidence interval, we determine the new soft failure limits, taking into account the general knowledge of the systems and subsystems in order to guarantee the proper preventive maintenance interval.

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