Probabilistic forecasting informed failure prognostics framework for improved RUL prediction under uncertainty: a transformer case study

J.I. Aizpurua, B.G. Stewart, S.D.J. McArthur, M. Penalba, M. Barrenetxea, E. Muxika, J.V. Ringwood

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Abstract

The energy transition towards resilient and sustainable power plants requires moving from periodic health assessment to condition-based lifetime planning, which in turn, creates new challenges and opportunities for health estimation
and prediction. Probabilistic forecasting models are being widely employed to predict the likely evolution of power grid parameters, such as weather prediction models and probabilistic load forecasting models, that precisely impact on the health state of power and energy components. These models synthesize forecasting knowledge and associated uncertainty information, and their integration within asset management practice would improve lifetime estimation under uncertainty through uncertainty-aware probabilistic predictions. Accordingly, this paper presents a probabilistic prognostics method for lifetime planning under uncertainty integrating data-driven probabilistic forecasting models with expert-knowledge based Bayesian filtering methods. The proposed concepts are applied and validated with power transformers operated in two different power generation systems and obtained results confirm that the proposed probabilistic transformer lifetime estimate aids in the decision-making process with informative lifetime distributions and associated confidence intervals.
Original languageEnglish
Article number108676
Number of pages13
JournalReliability Engineering and System Safety
Volume226
Early online date17 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • condition monitoring
  • probabilistic forecasting
  • transformer
  • prognostics
  • uncertainty

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