A Delay Time Model With Multiple Defect Types and Multiple Inspection Methods Academic Article uri icon


  • 2017 IEEE. We develop delay time models to determine optimal inspection policies for deteriorating infrastructures. We consider the case where complex infrastructures can fail due to different causes (defects) originating from various environmental or operational conditions, and capture this through modeling the arrival of different types of defects as nonhomogeneous Poisson processes with distinct rates of occurrence of defects. Additionally, we assume at each inspection epoch, there are multiple inspection methods available for use from which one is to be selected for use at that particular epoch. The key contribution that distinguishes our proposed models from previous works on delay time modeling is simultaneously considering multiple defect types and multiple inspection methods. Two mixed-integer nonlinear programming models are introduced to address the problem described above. The first model focuses on determining the optimal inspection policy that maximizes the reliability of the system over its useful life subject to a minimal threshold value of this reliability term. The second model determines the optimal policy that minimizes the system downtime. The two models are solved using a branch-and-cut global optimization approach. Two separate numerical studies are conducted to demonstrate the performance of the models and validate it through benchmarking these results against a prior study in the literature.

published proceedings

  • IEEE Transactions on Reliability

author list (cited authors)

  • Mahmoudi, M., Elwany, A., Shahanaghi, K., & Gholamian, M. R.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Mahmoudi, Mohamad||Elwany, Alaa||Shahanaghi, Kamran||Gholamian, Mohammad Reza

publication date

  • December 2017