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Press photo: Christer Stenström Photo: Katarina Grankvist
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Maintenance researcher awarded best PhD thesis

Published: 10 May 2016

Christer Stenström, Division of Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics, has been awarded EFNMS Excellence Award for the Best European PhD Thesis in Maintenance 2016, by the European Federation of National Maintenance Societies (EFNMS). The title of the thesis is “Operation and maintenance performance of rail infrastructure: Model and methods”.

The thesis deals with maintenance performance measurement and management for railway infrastructure, with emphasis on case studies on industry common challenges within maintenance engineering.

"In short, the thesis includes studies of link and effect performance measurement framework, scorecards and indicators, availability of linear assets, maintenance index, cost-benefit analysis of preventive maintenance and maintenance possession time simulation" says Christer Stenström.

The subject of the thesis started under supervision of Prof. Uday Kumar in the oil and gas industry, and taken on to railways together with Prof. Aditya Parida and Dr. Thomas Åhrén at LTU. Christer’s thesis is the fourth thesis within this research area, and was performed under supervision of Aditya and Uday.

The award will be presented during the EFNMS EuroMaintenance Congress & Exhibition 2016, (EuroMaintenance 2016) at Athens on 31 May 2016. The Award is sponsored and supported by the Salvetti Foundation, Italy.