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date: 23 August 2019

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This article discusses the results of a study in Bayesian analysis and decision making in the maintenance and reliability of nuclear power plants. It demonstrates the use of Bayesian parametric and semiparametric methodology to analyse the failure times of components that belong to an auxiliary feedwater system in a nuclear power plant at the South Texas Project (STP) Electric Generation Station. The parametric models produce estimates of the hazard functions that are compared to the output from a mixture of Polya trees model. The statistical output is used as the most critical input in a stochastic optimization model which finds the optimal replacement time for a system that randomly fails over a finite horizon. The article first introduces the model for maintenance and reliability analysis before presenting the optimization results. It also examines the nuclear power plant data to be used in the Bayesian models.

Keywords: Bayesian analysis, decision making, maintenance analysis, reliability analysis, nuclear power plants, South Texas Project (STP) Electric Generation Station, parametric model, hazard functions, optimization, Bayesian models

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