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Non-linear threshold algorithm based solution for the redundancy allocation problem considering multiple redundancy strategies

Nabil Nahas (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)
Mohamed N. Darghouth (Department of Systems Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)
Abdul Qadar Kara (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)
Mustapha Nourelfath (Laval University, Quebec City, Canada)

Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering

ISSN: 1355-2511

Article publication date: 2 May 2019

Issue publication date: 13 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to introduce an efficient algorithm based on a non-linear accepting threshold to solve the redundancy allocation problem (RAP) considering multiple redundancy strategies. In addition to the components reliability, multiple redundancy strategies are simultaneously considered to vary the reliability of the system. The goal is to determine the optimal selection of elements, redundancy levels and redundancy strategy, which maximizes the system reliability under various system-level constraints.

Design/methodology/approach

The mixed RAP considering the use of active and standby components at the subsystem level belongs to the class of NP-hard problems involving selection of elements and redundancy levels, to maximize a specific system performance under a given set of physical and budget constraints. Generally, the authors recourse to meta-heuristic algorithms to solve this type of optimization problem in a reasonable computational time, especially for large-size problems. A non-linear threshold accepting algorithm (NTAA) is developed to solve the tackled optimization problem. Numerical results for test problems from previous research are reported and analyzed to assess the efficiency of the proposed algorithm.

Findings

The comparison with the best solutions obtained in previous studies, namely: genetic algorithm, simulated annealing, memetic algorithm and the particle swarm optimization for 33 different instances of the problem, demonstrated the superiority of the proposed algorithm in finding for all considered instances, a high-quality solution in a minimum computational time.

Research limitations/implications

Considering multiple redundancy strategies helps to achieve higher reliability levels but increases the complexity of the obtained solution leading to infeasible systems in term of physical design. Technological constraints must be integrated into the model to provide a more comprehensive and realistic approach.

Practical implications

Designing high performant systems which meet customer requirements, under different economic and functional constraints is the main challenge faced by the manufacturers. The proposed algorithm aims to provide a superior solution of the reliability optimization problem by considering the possibility to adopt multiple redundancy strategies at the subsystem level in a minimum computational time.

Originality/value

A NTAA is expanded to the RAP considering multiple redundancy strategies at the subsystem level subject to weight and cost constraints. A procedure based on a penalized objective function is developed to encourage the algorithm to explore toward the feasible solutions area. By outperforming well-known solving technique, the NTAA provides a powerful tool to reliability designers of complex systems where different varieties of redundancies can be considered to achieve high-reliability systems.

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Citation

Nahas, N., Darghouth, M.N., Kara, A.Q. and Nourelfath, M. (2019), "Non-linear threshold algorithm based solution for the redundancy allocation problem considering multiple redundancy strategies", Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, Vol. 25 No. 3, pp. 397-411. https://doi.org/10.1108/JQME-05-2018-0041

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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