S. de Jongh
Reliability and Availability using simulation
Report 2001.LT.5443, Transport Technology, Logistic Engineering.
This paper describes how reliability and availability of Materials
handling systems can be investigated using discrete-event simulation.
First discrete-event simulation is explained. Then Reliability of
components and (sub)systems as well as ways to improve them are described.
There are different methods to model availability and reliability, of
which Petri nets, Fault tree analysis and Markov chains are the most
important. These techniques are mostly used in simulation studies about
reliability and availability.
Since published papers about reliability and availability in the Materials
handling industry are scarce, general papers about Reliability and
availability are described and an attempt is made to identify which of
these techniques can be used in the Materials handling industry. Promising
methods are Fault trees analysis and Petri nets, although they require big
To simulate availability and reliability, the next tools have been used in
the mentioned papers:
Reports on Logistic Engineering (in Dutch)
, TU Delft