Optimal adaptive inspection and maintenance planning for deteriorating structural systems

by   Elizabeth Bismut, et al.
Technische Universität München

Optimizing inspection and maintenance (I M) plans for a large deteriorating structure is a computationally challenging task, in particular if one considers interdependences among its components. This is due to the sheer number of possible decision alternatives over the lifetime of the structure and the uncertainty surrounding the deterioration processes, the structural performance and the outcomes of inspection and maintenance actions. To address this challenge, Luque and Straub (2019) proposed a heuristic approach in which I M plans for structural systems are defined through a set of simple decision rules. Here, we formalize the optimization of these decision rules and extend the approach to enable adaptive planning. The initially optimal I M plan is successively adapted throughout the service life, based on past inspection and monitoring results. The proposed methodology uses stochastic deterioration models and accounts for the interdependence among structural components. The heuristic-based adaptive planning is illustrated for a structural frame subjected to fatigue.


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