Rail transport has played a significant role for a long time in the U.S. history. As other alternative transport modes have been developed, rail transport has increasingly faced more challenges to stay competitive. While heavy use of the rail, shortened service life and the need to meet consumer expectations have placed challenges, maintenance has become an integral part of the railway industry to assure efficacy and reliability of rail transportation. For this reason, there is a constant need to improve maintenance for a number of purposes, such as safety, quality, capacity, reliability, availability, punctuality, etc. In addition, optimizing maintenance strategy is also contributing to a reduction in management costs and track maintenance and renewal costs, which are extremely expensive cost elements. It also contributes significantly to increasing the life of track components. This research starts with a thorough review of how reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) approaches are applied to rail transportation, their results, analysis, and summary of benefits and limitations of the applied method in railway transport. The objective of this research is to propose recommendations for best practices to improve maintenance and RCM plan with respect to maintenance and operational costs, technology and supporting systems, component life cycle and other related aspects to be considered when designing a maintenance strategy. This research outlines all of the planning processes involved in RCM so that it can be applied comprehensively to match the objectives of different organizations.
Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (M.S.I.E.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Industrial Engineering and Management Systems
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Rattanakunuprakarn, Sarita, "Application of Reliability Centered Maintenance in Railway Tracks" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 401.