Year of Publication

2008

Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

Document Type

Thesis

College

Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Jingshan Li

Abstract

Many production systems have split and merge operations to increase production capac- ity and variety, improve product quality, and implement product control and scheduling policies. This thesis presents analytical methods to model and analyze split and merge production systems with Bernoulli and exponential reliability machines under circulate, priority and percentage policies. The recursive procedures for performance analysis are de- rived, and the convergence of the procedures and uniqueness of the solutions, along with the structural properties, are proved analytically, and the accuracy of the estimation is justi¯ed numerically with high precision. In addition, comparisons among the e®ects of di®erent policies in system performance are carried out.

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