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Use of Expert Systems for Optimum Maintenance of Marine Power Plants

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The reliability and economical operation of marine power plants depend upon the design quality, capability, and skill of the technical staff that operate the plant. The normal breakdowns of marine machinery and the frequency of planned maintenance are based mainly on the subjective judgement of the operators who ensure that such breakdowns are minimized. To achieve such objectives, an optimum maintenance goal must be adopted using various types of computer software for expert systems with high processing speed, which have been developed to aid fault or failure diagnosis. Such systems are at different stages of application. In this paper, a typical expert system for condition monitoring, budgeting, and spare part management to enhance the optimum management of a marine power plant is presented. The use of this technique with known models will substantially reduce downtime and fully utilize the technical crew onboard and ashore. From the author's experience in the management of ferries, there is an optimum amount of maintenance effort for any given condition.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-03-01

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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