Novel Vehicle and Fleet Reliability & Cost Modeling Tools

Period of Performance: 11/03/2006 - 05/03/2009

$730K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

MTS Technologies
2800 Shirlington RoadSuite 1000
Arlington, VA 22206
Principal Investigator

Abstract

This project will develop methodologies and modeling tools to predict and evaluate reliability, performance, and cost as integrated functions within an existing system framework. The product resulting from this research will enable product managers and engineers to identify and prioritize those parameters that drive reliability, performance, and cost by providing analysis in the form of trade-off models. The ultimate goal of the methodologies and tools to be developed is to achieve improved levels of reliability and performance in existing and emerging products at comparable or lower costs. With this tool, product managers, engineers, designers, and others could assess the predicted effects of various issues on the reliability, performance, and cost of current and emerging systems. Statistical analysis techniques and algorithms supporting the developed methodologies will be implemented and applied within the system framework. The system will also provide the capability to compare the system generated predictions with actual performance, reliability, and cost data collected on deployed systems to enable a closed loop performance based logistics system.