Pattern recognition techniques for failure trend detection in SSME ground tests
- Choudry, A.
- Nov 1, 1987.
- Physical Description:
- 1 electronic document
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- Unclassified, Unlimited, Publicly available.
- The Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) is a complex power plant. To evaluate its performance 1200 hot-wire ground tests have been conducted, varying in duration from 0 to 500 secs. During the test some 500 sensors are sampled every 20 ms. The sensors are generally bounded by red lines so that an excursion beyond could lead to premature shutdown. In 27 tests it was not possible to effect an orderly premature shutdown, resulting in major incidents with serious damage to the SSME and test stand. The application of pattern recognition are investigated to detect SSME performance trends that may lead to major incidents. Based on the sensor data a set of (n) features is defined. At any time during the test, the state of the SSME is given by a point in the n-dimensional feature space. The history of a test can now be represented as a trajectory in the n-dimensional feature space. Portions of the normal trajectories and failed test trajectories would lie in different regions of the n-dimensional feature space. The latter can now be partitioned into regions of normal and failed tests. Thus, it is possible to examine the trajectory of a test in progress and predict if it is going into the normal or failure region.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19880006232.
Accession ID: 88N15614.
NASA. Marshall Space Flight Center, Research Reports: 1987 NASA(ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Program; 29 p.
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