In the past weeks, two PDEng students in the Dynamics based Maintenance group received their certificate and the associated PDEng degree.
Dimitrios Karampelas presented the tool FAME-X (see photo), that he designed in the past two years. The tool provides maintainers decision support in selecting the failure mechanism that caused a system to fail. Accurate determination of the root cause of a failure is important, firstly as it helps to prevent the failure to occur again and secondly since precise registration in a maintenance management system largely improves reliability and maintenance engineering analyses. FAME-X supports unexperienced technicians to find the failure mechanism and register it properly. The complete thesis can be found here (https://research.utwente.nl/en/publications/fame-x-failure-mechanism-identification-expert-system).
Abderrahim Mouatamir designed a decision support tool for the selection of a suitable condition monitoring technique. As the availability and applicability of sensors is increasing quickly, many companies want to transition to condition-based maintenance. The availability of large numbers of monitoring techniques, however, makes it quite difficult to select the most suitable technique for a certain situation. Mouatamir’s tool provides guidance in that process, by going along a list of criteria, and filtering the most suitable techniques. The complete thesis can be found here (within 2 weeks) (https://dx.doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036545198).