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Real Time Health Estimation and Automated Fault Accommodation for Propulsion Systems

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Liang Tang, Michael J. Roemer, Gregory J. Kacprzynski

Impact Technologies, LLC, Rochester, NY

Paper No. GT2007-27862, pp. 729-738; 10 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2007: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 1: Turbo Expo 2007
  • Montreal, Canada, May 14–17, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4790-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3796-3
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


This paper presents the development of innovative realtime health estimation and automated fault accommodation techniques for advanced propulsion systems within a Dynamic Decision Support (D2 S) framework. The proposed approach uses dynamic models in a real-time computing environment to not only diagnose system degradation and faults, but also to determine “on the fly” how to accommodate for them. The realtime health estimation modules enhance on-board PHM (Prognosis & Health Management) capabilities with a dynamic system identification algorithm that is capable of detecting faults with a continuously updated dynamic model. In addition, a real-time, self-tuning Kalman filter and fault classification algorithm are combined to provide accurate health estimation. Based on the inferred health condition, mission requirements and flight regime information, the automated fault accommodation module automatically makes decisions regarding control reconfiguration and change of control strategies. The presented techniques have been applied to a generic turbofan engine model with simulated engine component faults and degradation and simulation results are presented. To further raise the technological readiness level, select algorithms have been implemented and evaluated on a PC104 embedded platform. The dynamic modeling capabilities, techniques and tools sets will not only improve the reliability of the propulsion systems, but also greatly enhance maintenance decision support and contingency planning concepts.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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