Document Type: Case Study


1 Department of Mining Engineering, Hamedan University of Technology, Hamedan, Iran

2 Division of Operation and Maintenance Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden


Utilizing the gathered failure data and failure interval data from Tabas coal mine in two years, this paper discusses the reliability of powered supports. The data sets were investigated using statistical procedures and in two levels: the existence of trend and serial correlation. The results show that the powered supports follow the Gamma reliability function. The reliability of the machine decreases to almost zero after 520 operation hours and after 80 hours the probability of failure of powered supports increases to 60 percent. The failure rate of powered support shows an improving behavior and therefore a decreasing failure rate. In the beginning of the process, the failure rate is 0.021 failures per hour. This reaches the rate of 0.012 after a sudden decrease, thence forward on a gently decreasing rate and after 100 hours gets to the rate of 0.01. Regarding the maintenance policy and to protect the machine’s operation continuity, preventive maintenance strategy can be chosen. The reliability of the discussed machine can be maintained on a descent level by inspecting and controlling the parts in short term intervals. With regard to reliability plots of powered supports operation, preventive reliability-based maintenance time intervals for 80% reliability levels for powered supports is 15 hours.