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Condition-based predictive maintenance of industrial power systems
Author(s): Mohammad Azam; Fang Tu; Krishna R. Pattipati
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Paper Abstract

Traditional static maintenance scheduling based on lifetime data and replacement upon failure is adequate for typical power users. However, in the case of high reliability/availability-oriented industries (e.g., power systems for internet data centers have a desired availability of 0.99999 and, for semiconductor fabrication plants, have availability requirement of 0.9999999), this type of preventive maintenance scheduling is inadequate. A suitable approach in these situations is the adoption of condition-based predictive maintenance. Here the system condition is evaluated by processing the information gathered from the monitors placed at different points in the system, and maintenance is performed only when the failure/malfunction prognosis dictates. In the past, for power systems, voltages, currents, power, temperature and electromagnetic quantities had been monitored along with surface inspection and material quality tests at regular intervals. Diagnostic methods are already in place to indicate problems in industrial power systems by examining these monitored quantities. However, they lack the capability of looking into distant future. With the introduction of modern digital electronics-based smart monitors, the capability of logging power quality data at micro-second intervals, advanced signal processing tools for extracting features from collected data, and data mining techniques, a new horizon in maintenance scheduling has been unveiled. Trending techniques and techniques based on neural networks, when applied to the extracted features, enable us to predict the possible failures of individual equipment and subsystems well before they manifest. This paper considers the problem of evaluating the health indices of components of a power system by making use of the monitored power-quality data and classification techniques. Health index analysis distinguishes the healthy and risky components of the system. Results of these evaluations can be fed as inputs into a system-reliability/availability analysis tool. The reliability analysis enables analysts to decide on prioritization of the maintenance options subject to budget constraints.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 July 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4733, Component and Systems Diagnostics, Prognostics, and Health Management II, (16 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.475503
Show Author Affiliations
Mohammad Azam, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
Fang Tu, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
Krishna R. Pattipati, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4733:
Component and Systems Diagnostics, Prognostics, and Health Management II
Peter K. Willett; Thiagalingam Kirubarajan, Editor(s)

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