Onboard electrohydraulic actuator (EHA) applied to primary and secondary flight command, and in particular the servovalves (SVs) regulating their hydraulic power, are complex devices and can fail in several ways: servovalves are critical components of the hydraulic servos and their correct operation is mandatory to ensure the proper functioning of the controlled servosystem. For this reason, a continuous monitor is typically performed to detect a servovalve loss of operation, but this monitor falls short of recognizing other malfunctionings. Often, a progressive degradation of a servovalve occurs, which does not initially create an unacceptable behavior, but eventually leads to a condition in which the servovalve, and hence the whole servoactuator operation, is impaired. Developing a prognostic algorithm able to identify the precursors of a servovalve failure and its degradation pattern is thus beneficial for anticipating the incoming failure and alerting the maintenance crew such to properly schedule the servovalve replacement. This avoids a servovalve failure in service, thereby ensuring improved equipment availability and minimizing the impacts onto the logistic line. To this purpose, authors propose a new model-based fault detection and identification (FDI) technique able to perform an early detection of two of the most common types of SV progressive failures (dry friction acting on servovalve spool and contamination of the first stage filter). The robustness of the proposed technique has been assessed through a simulation test environment, built on the purpose. Such simulation has demonstrated that the methodology has adequate robustness; also, the ability to early identify an eventual malfunctioning has been proved with low risk of missed failures or false positives.
Electrohydraulic actuators affected by multiple failures: Proposal of an alternative model-based prognostic paradigm / Dalla Vedova, M. D. L.; Maggiore, P.; Marino, F.. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CIRCUITS, SYSTEMS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING. - ISSN 1998-4464. - ELETTRONICO. - 11:(2017), pp. 148-156.
|Titolo:||Electrohydraulic actuators affected by multiple failures: Proposal of an alternative model-based prognostic paradigm|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|