Using a high fidelity CCGT simulator for building prognostic systems

Mark James McGhee, Victoria Catterson, Stephen McArthur, Emma Harrison

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Abstract

Pressure to reduce maintenance costs in power utilities has resulted in growing interest in prognostic monitoring systems. Accurate prediction of the occurrence of faults and failures would result not only in improved system maintenance schedules but also in improved availability and system efficiency. The desire for such a system has driven research into the emerging field of prognostics for complex systems.

At the same time there is a general move towards implementing high fidelity simulators of complex systems especially within the power generation field, with the nuclear power industry taking the lead. Whilst the simulators mainly function in a training capacity, the high fidelity of the simulations can also allow representative data to be gathered. Using simulators in this way enables systems and components to be damaged, run to failure and reset all without cost or danger to personnel as well as allowing fault scenarios to be run faster than real time. Consequently, this allows failure data to be gathered which is normally otherwise unavailable or limited, enabling analysis and research of fault progression in critical and high value systems.

This paper presents a case study of utilising a high fidelity industrial Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) simulator to generate fault data, and shows how this can be employed to build a prognostic system. Advantages and disadvantages of this approach are discussed.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuro TechCon
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

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Gas turbines
Simulators
Large scale systems
Nuclear energy
Power generation
Costs
Availability
Personnel
Monitoring
Industry

Keywords

  • high fidelity
  • simulator
  • building
  • prognostic systems

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Using a high fidelity CCGT simulator for building prognostic systems. / McGhee, Mark James; Catterson, Victoria; McArthur, Stephen; Harrison, Emma.

Euro TechCon. 2013.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

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