Fault Monitoring and Re-Configurable Control for a Ship Propulsion Plant

M. Blanke, Roozbeh Izadi-Zamanabadi, T.F. Lootsma

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Minor faults in ship propulsion and their associated automation systems can cause dramatic reduction on ships' ability to propel and manoeuvre, and effective means are needed to prevent that simple faults develop into severe failure. The paper analyses the control system for a propulsion plant on a ferry. It is shown how fault detection, isolation and subsequent reconfiguration can cope with many faults that would otherwisehave serious consequences. The paper emphasize analysis of re-configuration possibilities as a necessary tool to obtain fault tolerance, showing how sensor fusion and control system reconfiguration can be systematically approached. Detector design is also treated and parameter adaptation within fault detectors is shown to be needed to locate non-additive propulsion machinery faults. Test trials with a ferry are used to validate the principles.
Original languageDanish
JournalInternational Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing
Pages (from-to)671-688
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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