A hybrid prognostic model formulation and health estimation of auxiliary power units

Pradeep Shetty, Dinkar Mylaraswamy, Thirumaran Ekambaram

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Prognostic health monitoring is an important element of condition-based maintenance and logistics support. The accuracy of prediction and the associated confidence in prediction greatly influence overall performance and subsequent actions either for maintenance or logistics support. Accuracy of prognosis is directly dependent on how closely one can capture the system and component interactions. Traditionally, such models assume a constant and univariate prognostic formulation - that is, components degrade at a constant rate and are independent of each other. Our objective in this paper is to model the degrading system as a collection of prognostic states (health vectors) that evolve continuously over time. The proposed model includes an age dependent deterioration distribution, component interactions, as well as effects of discrete events arising from line maintenance actions and/or abrupt faults. Mathematically, the proposed model can be summarized as a continuously evolving dynamic model, driven by non-Gaussian input and switches according to the discrete events in the system. We develop this model for aircraft auxiliary power units, but it can be generalized to other progressive deteriorating systems. The system identification and recursive state estimation scheme for the developed non-Gaussian model under a partially specified distribution framework has been deduced. The diagnostic/prognostic capabilities of our model and algorithms have been demonstrated using simulated and field data.

Original languageEnglish
Article number021601
JournalJournal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 03-2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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