Any system when put on operation deteriorates over a period of time and fails on crossing a threshold. Maintenance is performed either on failure or for mitigating the effects of this deterioration. In general the system is either partially maintained or renewed to bring it back to its operating state. The general behaviour of the failure process of a maintained system is modelled by means of stochastic processes called general repair processes. In these processes the effect of the maintenance carried out on the system is captured by means of a variable called the maintenance indicator which indicates the degree to which the system has been maintained. Such a maintenance indicator acting on the system’s failure age or intensity post maintenance generalizes the modelling of the failure processes. The general repair process models based on the type of the maintenance indicator can be broadly classified into two categories based on age or intensity loss or recovery and two sub-categories based on whether these take place additively or multiplicatively. This paper focuses on such models, their inference, their uses, the physical reality they depict and their shortcomings when modelling the failure processes of maintained systems.
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Syamsundar, A., Mualidharan, K. and Naikan, V., 2012. General Repair Models for Maintained Systems. Sri Lankan Journal of Applied Statistics, 12, pp.117–143. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljastats.v12i0.4971