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A coloured Petri net framework for modelling aircraft fleet maintenance

Sheng, Jingyu; Prescott, Darren


Jingyu Sheng


The aircraft fleet maintenance organisation is responsible for keeping aircraft in a safe, efficient operating condition. Through optimising the use of maintenance resources and the implementation of maintenance activities, fleet maintenance management aims to maximise fleet performance by, for example, ensuring there is minimal deviation from the planned operational schedule,that the number of unexpected failures is minimised or that maintenance cost is kept at a minimum. To obtain overall fleet performance, the performance of individual aircraft must first be known. The calculation of aircraft performance requires an accurate model of the fleet operation and maintenance processes. This paper aims to introduce a framework that can be used to build aircraft fleet maintenance models. A variety of CPN (coloured Petri nets) models are established to represent fleet maintenance activities and maintenance management, as well as the factors that have a significant impact on fleet maintenance including fleet operation, aircraft failure logic and component failure processes. Such CPN models provide an ideal structured framework for Monte Carlo simulation analysis, within which calculations can be performed in order to determine numerous fleet reliability and maintenance performance measures.


Sheng, J., & Prescott, D. (2019). A coloured Petri net framework for modelling aircraft fleet maintenance. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 189, 67-88.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 2, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 10, 2019
Publication Date 2019-09
Deposit Date Apr 29, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 11, 2020
Journal Reliability Engineering & System Safety
Print ISSN 0951-8320
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 189
Pages 67-88
Keywords Maintenance; Decision support systems; Aircraft fleet; Modelling framework; Coloured Petri nets
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