Minimizing Post-Production Weight Growth in Tanks Using a Decision Analysis Model
Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering
Abel A. Fernandez
Derya A. Jacobs
Call Number for Print
Special Collections LD4331.E555 C63
Post-production weight growth of tanks is an historic problem for the military. Tanks are difficult to transport because of their weight, and post-production modifications tend to cause this weight to increase over the lifecycle of the tank. In this thesis, a computer model is constructed which uses influence diagrams to model tank weight growth as a probabilistic process. Historical weight data for the MI Abrams tank program is used to derive probabilities for the model. The model is used to predict tank weight growth over both the short and long term with the goal of understanding more about how and why tanks grow in weight after they are fielded. The analysis apportions the weight of a tank into three major sub-categories: survivability, mobility, and lethality. The model is used to explore ways in which the apportionment of weight to each of these categories can be adjusted to reduce the tendency toward weight growth given the same probabilities for weight growth.
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Cochrane, Michael F..
"Minimizing Post-Production Weight Growth in Tanks Using a Decision Analysis Model"
(1997). Master of Science (MS), Thesis, Engineering Management & Systems Engineering, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/w3ty-vk24