This content is not included in your SAE MOBILUS subscription, or you are not logged in.
Published November 03, 1999 by Royal Aeronautical Society in United Kingdom
A project is underway at British Aerospace to enhance the maintainability of products and improve the efficiency of maintainability analysis within the design process. Phase 1 of the project was completed earlier this year. This 12-month phase consisted of a broad-ranging requirements capture, technology and technique evaluation, and concept development. The requirements were derived from analyzing business processes, projects, design, maintainability, human factors and maintenance disciplines, in- service support staff, customers and maintainers in the field.
Using digital geometry data of existing aircraft to create virtual environments, maintenance tasks were analyzed using immersive virtual reality and digital human models. The results were then compared with task analyses of the real tasks in the field. This allowed us to assess the potential value of these techniques for maintainability tools.
The conclusions were that no single tool will meet all the requirements, and a suite of tools is under development to create a maintainability analysis capability which will result in better design for maintenance, with a faster maintainability analysis process and direct synergy with support products.