Towards a methodology for design of prognostic systems

Jose Ignacio Aizpurua , Victoria M. Catterson

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An effective implementation of prognostic technology can reduce costs and increase availability of assets. As a result of the rapidly growing interest in prognostics, researchers have independently developed a number of applications for asset-specific modelling and prediction. Consequently, there is some inconsistency in the understanding of key concepts for designing prognostic systems. This further complicates the already-challenging design of new prognostic systems. In order to progress from application-specific solutions towards structured and efficient prognostic implementations, the development of a comprehensive and pragmatic methodology is essential. Prognostic algorithm selection is a key activity to achieve consistency throughout the design process. In this paper we present a design decision framework which guides the designer towards a prognostic algorithm through a cause-effect flowchart. Failure modes, application characteristics, and qualitative and quantitative metrics are used to determine an appropriate approach for the stated problem. The application of the methodology can reduce the time and effort required to develop a prognostic system, ensure that all the possible design options have been considered, and provide a means to compare different prognostic algorithms consistently. The framework has been applied to different prognostic problems within the power industry to illuminate its effectiveness. Case studies are presented to show how the framework guides designers through the choice of prognostic algorithm according to system requirements. The results demonstrate the applicability of the methodology to the design of prognostic systems which consistently meet the established requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2015
EventAnnual Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society 2015 - Coronado, California. , United States
Duration: 18 Oct 201524 Oct 2015


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society 2015
Abbreviated titlePHM15
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCoronado, California.
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  • prognostic technology
  • design decision framework
  • power industry


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