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Performance Modeling and Analysis of Refrigeration System of a Milk Processing Plant using Petri Nets

Volume 15, Number 7, July 2019, pp. 1751-1759
DOI: 10.23940/ijpe.19.07.p1.17511759

Narendra Kumara, P. C. Tewaria, and Anish Sachdevab

aDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, 136119, India
bDepartment of Industrial and Production Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, 144011, India


(Submitted on May 15, 2019; Revised on June 16, 2019; Accepted on July 21, 2019)


This paper described the performance modeling of the refrigeration system of a milk processing plant using Petri nets and obtained a quantitative analysis in terms of availability under varying operating parameters. For the modeling and simulation of the system, a Petri module of GRIF software was used. In the current study, an effort was made to use reliability, availability, and maintainability (RAM) tools, which can be quantitative or qualitative methods and software that reduce the uncertainties involved in random failures and consequent shutdowns of the plant. Finally, an attempt was made to provide a specific direction for determining maintenance strategies to meet operational objectives economically considering spare parts and repair facilities.


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