A copula-based sampling method for data-driven prognostics
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Xi, Zhimin; Jing, Rong; Wang, Pingfeng; Hu, Chao. 2014. A copula-based sampling method for data-driven prognostics. Reliability Engineering & System Safety, vol. 132, December 2014:pp 72–82
This paper develops a Copula-based sampling method for data-driven prognostics. The method essentially consists of an offline training process and an online prediction process: (i) the offline training process builds a statistical relationship between the failure time and the time realizations at specified degradation levels on the basis of off-line training data sets; and (ii) the online prediction process identifies probable failure times for online testing units based on the statistical model constructed in the offline process and the online testing data. Our contributions in this paper are three-fold, namely the definition of a generic health index system to quantify the health degradation of an engineering system, the construction of a Copula-based statistical model to learn the statistical relationship between the failure time and the time realizations at specified degradation levels, and the development of a simulation-based approach for the prediction of remaining useful life (RUL). Two engineering case studies, namely the electric cooling fan health prognostics and the 2008 IEEE PHM challenge problem, are employed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed methodology. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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