Several approaches can be employed in prognostics, to detect incipient failures of primary flight command electromechanical actuators (EMA), caused by progressive wear. The development of a prognostic algorithm capable of identifying the precursors of an electromechanical actuator failure is beneficial for the anticipation of the incoming faults: a correct interpretation of the fault degradation pattern, in fact, can trig an early alert of the maintenance crew, who can properly schedule the servomechanism replacement. The research presented in this paper proposes a fault detection / identification technique, based on approaches derived from optimization methods, able to identify symptoms of EMA degradation before the actual exhibition of the anomalous behavior; in particular, the authors’ work analyses the effects due to progressive backlashes acting on the mechanical transmission and evaluates the effectiveness of the proposed approach to correctly identify these faults. An experimental test bench was developed: results show that the method exhibit adequate robustness and a high degree of confidence in the ability to early identify an eventual fault, minimizing the risk of false alarms or not annunciated failures.
|Titolo:||Linear Electromechanical Actuators Affected by Mechanical Backlash: a Fault Identification Method Based on Simulated Annealing Algorithm|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|