South Ural State University
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This research is a part of the collaborative project on lifecycle management of military vehicles conducted by the Ministry of Defence and Kamaz. Under this project, South Ural State University has been tasked with developing a method for determining the useful life of Kamaz military vehicles.
The SUSU researchers are working on determining how much time a vehicle can last without repair to provide timely support and information on the condition of military cars. The university research team includes scientists from the Department of Engineering Mechanics, Department of Combustion Engines and Electric Systems, and Computer Engineering Centre. The research is conducted in collaboration with Kazan Federal University, a long-standing partner of Kamaz.
- Experimental design and running tests for Kamaz vehicles. The vehicles were equipped with monitoring and measuring devices provided by South Ural State University (including LMS measuring instruments provided by the Experimental Mechanics Research and Education Centre). The tests took three months and were conducted in labs and training areas at Kamaz (Naberezhnye Chelny) and the 3d Central Research Institute of the Russian Defence Ministry (Bronnitsy).
- Based on the test results, the research team designed a mathematical model of the vehicle wear process that enables to determine the current condition and remaining useful life. The algorithm is a useful instrument for military vehicle condition monitoring, enhancing vehicle performance, and reducing vehicle maintenance costs.
- The University is planning to apply the designed model to other types of military vehicles and other engineering vehicles.