Cover: Life-Cycle Analysis of Aircraft Turbine Engines: Executive Summary.

Life-Cycle Analysis of Aircraft Turbine Engines: Executive Summary.

Published 1977

by J. R. Nelson

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Presents a methodology for life-cycle analysis of aircraft turbine engines that weapon-system planners can use to estimate certain performance/schedule/cost tradeoffs early in the design and selection phase of acquiring this important subsystem. Prompted by the steadily escalating costs of engine acquisition and ownership, the study finds that engine life-cycle costs are much larger than and different from what had previously been realized. For example, depot costs alone will exceed procurement costs for a new engine with an operational lifespan of 15 years. Ownership-data availability being the most serious obstacle, the study recommends that the Air Force begin collecting and preserving disaggregated, homogeneous, longitudinal data at both depots and bases, associated with specific engine types. The findings also suggest numerous improvements in operational and maintenance procedures that the Air Force could adopt in the near term (the Air Force has already initiated studies in some of these areas). 47 pp. Ref.

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