Model-based fault detection and isolation applied to a pneumatic actuation system

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  • Loughborough University
  • BAE Systems plc


This paper discusses research carried-out on the development and validation (on real plant) of a parity-equation and Kalman-Bucy filter based fault detection and isolation (FDI) system for a pneumatic actuator. The parity and Kalman-Bucy filter equations are formulated and used to generate residuals that, in turn, are analysed to determine whether faults are present in the system. Details of the design process are given and the experimental results are discussed. The results demonstrate that both approaches can successfully detect and isolate faults associated with the sensors, actuators (servo-valves and piping) and the pneumatic cylinder itself. The work is part of a BAE SYSTEMS sponsored project to demonstrate advanced control and diagnosis concepts on an industrial application.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-51
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of COMADEM
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011