Fundamentals of Maintenance

  • Gilberto Francisco Martha de SouzaEmail author
  • Fernando Jesus Guevara Carazas
Part of the Springer Series in Reliability Engineering book series (RELIABILITY)


The pieces of equipment installed in a thermal power plant must be subject to very stringent maintenance policies aiming at maintaining their operational availability. Those policies must be centered on controlling the aging degradation that affects mechanical equipment reliability. Furthermore the maintenance policy must account for economical and safety aspects associated with the failure of some critical equipment that constitutes the power plant. The use of Reliability-Centered Maintenance concepts is discussed as a suitable method to define equilibrium between the failure effects associated with the occurrence of critical equipment failure and the costs associated with maintenance policies applied to avoid the occurrence of those failures.


Failure Mode Thermal Power Plant Preventive Maintenance Maintenance Task Maintenance Policy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gilberto Francisco Martha de Souza
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fernando Jesus Guevara Carazas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechatronics and Mechanical Systems Engineering–Polytechnic SchoolUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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