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Development of Power Generation Reliability Availability and Maintainability (RAM) Programs

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J. K. August

CORE, Inc., Arvada, CO

Brian Wodka

RMF, Inc., York, PA

Paper No. POWER2014-32219, pp. V001T06A007; 15 pages
  • ASME 2014 Power Conference
  • Volume 1: Fuels and Combustion, Material Handling, Emissions; Steam Generators; Heat Exchangers and Cooling Systems; Turbines, Generators and Auxiliaries; Plant Operations and Maintenance; Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM); Plant Systems, Structures, Components and Materials Issues
  • Baltimore, Maryland, USA, July 28–31, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Power Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4608-7
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Ideal plant designs perform as intended. The goal of Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) processes is to convert designs into operational task requirements to achieve lifecycle goals. This paper discusses developing Power Generation RAM programs. Given the performance-based nature of ASME RAM standards, different approaches can be used to achieve its goals.

Improved operations and maintenance (O&M) programs offer to manage risk at lower cost. This paper introduces a risk management process to develop, maintain and use better risk-based failure management plans with an approach that is simple and clear. It predicts that software will become a more important RAM program development tool.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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