Optimal mission abort policy for partially repairable heterogeneous systems

Ji Hwan Cha, Maxim Finkelstein, Gregory Levitin

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To enhance survivability of many real-world critical systems (e.g., aircrafts, human space flight systems and dangerous technological processes), mission abort procedures are often utilized in practice. In such cases, in order to improve survivability, a rescue or recovery procedure is initiated. In this paper, we first develop a methodology for obtaining the mission success probability (MSP) and the system survival probability (SSP) for heterogeneous systems with major and minor failures. A major failure is non-repairable and results in a failure of a mission, whereas a minor failure is minimally repaired. We consider a policy where a mission is aborted and a rescue procedure is activated if the mth minimal repair occurs before time ξ since the start of a mission. We demonstrate the tradeoff between the SSP and the MSP that should be balanced by the proper choice of the decision variables m and ξ. A detailed illustrative example is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)818-825
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 16 Dec 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank the reviewers for helpful comments and advices. The work of the first author was supported by Priority Research Centers Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology ( 2009-0093827 ). The work of the second author was supported by National Research Foundation (SA) (Grant no 103613 ).

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© 2018 Elsevier B.V.


  • Maintenance
  • Minimal repair
  • Mission abort
  • Mission success probability
  • System survival probability


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