Saving costs with condition based maintenance of ageing plants – Presented by Willy Peelen, TNO Organization for Applied Research

Saving costs with condition based maintenance of ageing plants. – Presented by Willy Peelen,TNO Organization for Applied Research at the Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference, special edition, 23 May 2017, Messe Düsseldorf Congress Center, Düsseldorf , Germany.

The majority of the existing steel and concrete load bearing structures are built between 1950 – 1980. They all reach (soon) the end of their design life time. Immediate replacement of these structures however is not necessary, as long as the risks of extending their service life’s are known. To determine their actual failure probability a combination of inspection and monitoring techniques, material knowledge and structural models are needed and used in a reliability context. With inspection and monitoring the actual condition of the structures is assessed and condition based maintenance can be performed. From experience based on several projects in the Netherlands the maintenance cost can be reduced in this way with 20% – 50% by using monitoring techniques like acoustic emission or multi sensor data fusion.

About Willy Peelen
Willy Peelen got is Master degree and Ph.D on experimental physics and technical sciences. Since 2000 he works at TNO on durability of concrete structures and monitoring. He is responsible for development, application and commercialization of technology for condition based and predictive maintenance of infrastructure.

About TNO Organization for Applied Research
TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the sustainable competitive strength of industry and well-being of society. TNO is an independent research organization. We focus on transitions or changes in five social themes: Industry, Healthy Living, Defence, Urbanisation, Energy: