The Use of Microcomputers to Improve Army Ground Vehicle Readiness

by Richard G. Salter

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An assessment of the potential use of on-vehicle microcomputer monitoring of Army ground vehicles. The unique attributes of the microcomputer make possible powerful new techniques for measuring the remaining life of key vehicle components. These techniques include the real-time cumulative measurement of component stress/damage (an innovation called geriometry) and an improvement in trend monitoring through the use of real-time algorithms. Such measures may make it possible to schedule anticipatory maintenance just before the probability of an in-service failure rises to an unacceptable level. This is turn could result in a reduction in the total amount of maintenance and its costs, an improved capability to allocate fixed maintenance resources, and a quantitative measure of vehicle readiness, all of which lead to an improvement in combat and tactical vehicle unit readiness.

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