On 1 December 2016 TRAIL PhD student Minou Olde Keizer succesfully defended her PhD thesis ‘Condition-Based Maintenance for Complex Systems: Coordinating maintenance and logistics planning for the process industries’ at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.
Maintenance planning in the process industries is extremely complex. Failures should be prevented, but little time is available for performing preventive maintenance. Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) offers a lot of potential, by basing the maintenance decisions on the actual system condition. This thesis investigates the optimal CBM policy structure for various complex systems, thereby focusing on decisions such as when to inspect, when to maintain, when to add a edundant component, and when to order spares.