Annual Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society, 2009

Benchmarking Diagnostic Algorithms on an Electrical Power System Testbed

Tolga Kurtoglu1 , Sriram Narasimhan1, Scott Poll1, David Garcia1, Stephanie Wright2
1NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, 94035, USA
2Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 37203, USA


Diagnostic algorithms (DAs) are key to enabling automated health management. These algorithms are designed to detect and isolate anomalies of either a component or the whole system based on observations received from sensors. In recent years a wide range of algorithms, both model based and data-driven, have been developed to increase autonomy and improve system reliability and affordability. However, the lack of support to perform systematic benchmarking of these algorithms continues to create barriers for effective development and deployment of diagnostic technologies. In this paper, we present our efforts to benchmark a set of DAs on a common platform using a framework that was developed to evaluate and compare various performance metrics for diagnostic technologies. The diagnosed system is an electrical power system, namely the Advanced Diagnostics and Prognostics Testbed (ADAPT) developed and located at the NASA Ames Research Center. The paper presents the fundamentals of the benchmarking framework, the ADAPT system, description of faults and data sets, the metrics used for evaluation, and an in-depth analysis of benchmarking results obtained from testing ten diagnostic algorithms on the ADAPT electrical power system testbed.

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