Research Papers: Gas Turbines: Controls, Diagnostics, and Instrumentation

Constrained Sparse Estimation for Improved Fault Isolation

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S. Borguet

O. Léonard

 University of Liège, Turbomachinery Group, Campus du Sart-Tilman, B52/3, 4000 Liège, Belgiumo.leonard@ulg.ac.be

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 133(12), 121602 (Sep 01, 2011) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4004013 History: Received April 08, 2011; Revised April 09, 2011; Published September 01, 2011; Online September 01, 2011

Least-squares-based methods are very popular in the jet engine community for health monitoring purpose. Their isolation capability can be improved by using a prior knowledge on the health parameters that better matches the expected pattern of the solution i.e., a sparse one as accidental faults impact at most one or two component(s) simultaneously. On the other hand, complimentary information about the feasible values of the health parameters can be derived in the form of constraints. The present contribution investigates the effect of the addition of such constraints on the performance of the sparse estimation tool. Due to its quadratic programming formulation, the constraints are integrated in a straightforward manner. Results obtained on a variety of fault conditions simulated with a commercial turbofan model show that the inclusion of constraints further enhance the isolation capability of the sparse estimator. In particular, the constraints help resolve a confusion issue between high pressure compressor and variable stator vanes faults.

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Figure 1

Penalty set by the regularization term in the traditional and sparse least-squares (LS) estimators

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Figure 2

Feasible domain for the health parameters of a turbomachinery component - Part of the third quadrant for a compressor (left), part of the fourth quadrant for a turbine (right)

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Figure 3

Turbofan layout with station numbering and health parameters location

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Figure 4

Signatures of SW26 and VSV on the sensors

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Figure 5

Comparison of the unconstrained and constrained sparse estimate of a hpc fault

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Figure 6

Misclassified LPC faults (left) and HPC faults (right)



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