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Title: Fault diagnostic method for a water heating system based on continuous model assessment and adaptation
Authors: Lalot, Sylvain 
Kalogirou, Soteris A. 
Desmet, Bernard 
Florides, Georgios A. 
Major Field of Science: Engineering and Technology
Field Category: Mechanical Engineering
Keywords: Fault diagnostic;Model adaptation;Neural network;Water heating system
Issue Date: Oct-2008
Source: Eurosun 2008, 2008, 7-10 October, Lisbon, Portugal
Conference: Eurosun 2008 
Abstract: The objective of this work is the development of an automatic solar water heater (SWH) fault diagnostic system (FDS). The latter consists of a modelling module and a diagnosis module. A data acquisition system measures the temperatures at four locations of the SWH system (outlet of the water tank; inlet of the collector array; outlet of the collector array; inlet of the water tank). In the modelling module a number of artificial neural networks (ANN) are used, trained with the very first values when the system is fault free. Then, the neural networks are able to predict the fault-free temperatures and compare them to actual values. When the differences are low, the corresponding networks are unchanged. On the contrary the networks are retrained. Then the diagnosis module analyses the difference between the current connection weights and the initial weights. When a persistent significant modification occurs, a flag is set to signify that a default is present in the SWH. The system can predict three types of faults: collector faults and faults in insulation of the pipes connecting the collector with the storage tank (to and from the tank) and these are indicated with suitable labels. It is shown that all faults can be detected well before the end of the drifts, without any false alarm, when the networks and thresholds are well tuned and that the observation window has the right size. It is shown that this does not depend on the draw off profile.
Type: Conference Papers
Affiliation : Cyprus University of Technology 
University of Valenciennes 
Appears in Collections:Δημοσιεύσεις σε συνέδρια /Conference papers or poster or presentation

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