Fleet resilience: evaluating maintenance strategies in critical equipment

Orlando Durán, Javier Aguilar, Andrea Capaldo, Adolfo Arata

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Resilience is an intrinsic characteristic of systems. Through it, the capacity of a system to react to the existence of disruptive events is expressed. A series of metrics to represent systems’ resilience have been proposed, however, only one indicator relates the availability of the system to this characteristic. With such a metric, it is possible to relate the topological aspects of a system and the resources available in order to be able to promptly respond to the loss of performance as a result of unexpected events. This work proposes the adaptation and application of such a resilience index to assess the influence of different maintenance strategies and topologies in fleets’ resilience. In addition, an application study considering an actual mining fleet is provided. A set of critical assets was identified and represented using reliability block diagrams. Monte Carlo simulation experiments were conducted and the system availability data were extracted. Resilience indexes were obtained in order to carry out the definition of the best maintenance policies in critical equipment and the assessment of the impact of modifying system redundancies. The main results of this work lead to the overall conclusion that redundancy is an important system attribute in order to improve resiliency along time.

Original languageEnglish
Article number38
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Availability
  • Fleets
  • Maintainability
  • Reliability
  • Resilience


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