Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) study is a structured and quantitative approach implemented for asset optimization and work on the Monte-Carlo principle to significantly lower project costs. Maros is a cost-worthy and basic-level RAM Study Software for reliability engineering studies and reliability modelling to constitute real life scenarios, allowing us to evaluate and enhance production efficiency.
For a RAM Study in Oil and Gas Industry. The following points are considered:
Common Issues faced while conducting RAM Study:
The objective of the RAM modeling and simulation is to highlight all possible causes of production losses and suggest the best system alternatives. It is a probabilistic approach and work on the Monte-Carlo principle. Thus, the RAM study is a tool for decision-making and optimizing the system by altering specific parameters in the design or it’s logistic to achieve maximum cost-efficiency.
In short the RAM modelling for a given system is performed in following steps:
Difference between maintainability and availability
The above figure explains the relationship between Reliability (R), Availability (A) and Maintainability (M) and their definition. Maintainability is the function of difficulty and speed where the system remains functional given the occurrences of Failures. Whereas Availability is the function of Time with all inputs provided so that the system remains functional. From the above figure and the definition, it is clear that a system will perform optimal when these factors are considered into the design and operation of the system. Hence a proper RAM analysis will result in achieving maximum system ability as per its design. As a result a better decision for productivity, service utilization, maintenance and functioning of equipment is implemented.
The RAM study and analysis is generally performed during the FEED stage of the project. However, it can be reviewed and updated as the complexity of project increases with the progress. But this update of the system during the later stage should not impact the project cost. RAM risk management is performed to evaluate the causes of loss of operational availability or issues that may limit the production throughput and suggest improvement.
The benefits of Calculating and Analyzing in a RAM Studies include:
Risk Assessment Matrix (RAM) is a instrument to classify and evaluate the risks, and discuss what changes required to be made so that the risk is as low as possible (ALARP).
To make sure that risk is governed in a organized and logical way is a essential slice of a safety management system. Justifying risk in this way can help better allocation of resources and ensure that acceptable barriers are put in place to ward off incidents.
Applying RAM appropriately and routinely is a common way to communicate and plan for HSE improvement. RAM can help Engineers better acknowledge their personal role in managing the HSE risk in their part of responsibility, and can help them come to a good perception of their role in manifesting risks managed to ALARP level.
Apply the RAM correctly and regularly as a common way to communicate and plan for HSE improvement. An Example of Ram Risk Assessment Matrix is shown below.
As a Batch exercise, consider the possible events that would occur and plot those events on the RAM based on its severity and likelihood of occurring. Observe how the risk of the event happening can be minimized through changing how the work occurs or fabricating in additional safeguards.
Evaluating the risk of a specific scenario should be done in chronological order, i.e. first the possible outcomes are guessed and only then the possibility of such events happening are assigned. (A scale of outcomes from 0 to 5 is used to stipulate escalating severity). After evaluating the outcomes, the possibility on the horizontal axis is guessed on the scope of historical confirmation or experience that such outcomes occurred earlier.
Make sure that the Risk Assessment entails people in all disciplines who are involved in the tasks being discussed as they will understand the issue and know which response will work. People responsible for planning activities (i.e Managers and Supervisors) should be included for the changes to happen.
Reliability is the potential of a system to carry out its activity. Reliability assessment can help in guessing the chances of a system to perform its functions within a definite period under explicit conditions. The reliability function is represented as R(t) of the system when used for t units of time. The probability of the system functions properly at usage [0, t]. Calculation of the reliability value using an exponential equation is shown below.
R = reliability value from 0-1,
λ = failure rate, where λ=p/n
p=amount of Data that is out of Scope
n=amount of Data
t = time.
Availability is the potential of a system to carry out its activities with various features of reliability, mixture, support. Availability changes with time. Calculation of Availability value using an exponential equation is shown below.
A(t)=(r/λ+r ) +(λ/λ+r) e-(λ+r)t
A = Availability of a system to carry out its activity,
r = Rate of repair,
λ = Failure rate,
Maintainability is the capability of a damaged system to be repaired to its original reliability within a definite time, in line with pre-established procedures. Maintainability has a different formulas based on the data. Calculation of Maintainability value using an exponential equation is shown below.
M = The ability of a damaged system to be repaired,
r = The rate of repair. Where r=1/MTTR
MTTR= Mean Time To Repair