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Gas path prognostic analysis for an industrial gas turbine

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Gas turbine engines experience degradation over time that causes great concern to gas turbine users on engine reliability, availability and operating costs. Gas turbine diagnostics and prognostics is one of the key technologies to enable the move from time-scheduled maintenance to condition-based maintenance in order to improve engine reliability and availability and reduce life-cycle costs. This paper describes a prognostic approach to estimate the remaining useful life of gas turbine engines before their next major overhaul based on historical health information. A combined regression technique, including both linear and quadratic models, is proposed to predict the remaining useful life of gas turbine engines. A statistic compatibility check is used to determine the switch point from a linear regression to a quadratic regression. The developed prognostic approach has been applied to a model gas turbine engine similar to Rolls-Royce industrial AVON 1535 implemented with compressor degradation over time. The analysis shows that the developed prognostic approach has great potential to provide an estimation of engine remaining useful life before the next major overhaul for gas turbine engines experiencing a typical slow degradation.
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Keywords: engines; gas path prognostics; gas turbine

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 School of Engineering, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedford MK43 0AL, England.

Publication date: August 1, 2008

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