On Accurate and Reliable Anomaly Detection for Gas Turbine Combustors: A Deep Learning Approach



Weizhong Yan Lijie Yu


Monitoring gas turbine combustors' health, in particular, early detecting abnormal behaviors and incipient faults, is critical in ensuring gas turbines operating efficiently and in preventing costly unplanned maintenance. One popular means of detecting combustors’ abnormalities is through continuously monitoring exhaust gas temperature profiles. Over the years many anomaly detection technologies have been explored for detecting combustor faults, however, the performance (detection rate) of anomaly detection solutions fielded is still inadequate. Advanced technologies that can improve detection performance are in great need. Aiming for improving anomaly detection performance, in this paper we introduce recently-developed deep learning (DL) in machine learning into the combustors’ anomaly detection application. Specifically, we use deep learning to hierarchically learn features from the sensor measurements of exhaust gas temperatures. And we then use the learned features as the input to a neural network classifier for performing combustor anomaly detection. Since such deep learned features potentially better capture complex relations among all sensor measurements and the underlying combustors’ behavior than handcrafted features do, we expect the learned features can lead to a more accurate and robust anomaly detection. Using the data collected from a real-world gas turbine combustion system, we demonstrated that the proposed deep learning based anomaly detection significantly indeed improved combustors’ anomaly detection performance.Deep learning, one of the breakthrough technologies in machine learning, has attracted tremendous research interests in recent years in the domains such as computer vision, speech recognition and natural language processing.Deep learning, to the best of our knowledge, has not been used for any PHM applications, however. It is our hope that our initial work presented in this paper would shed some light on how deep learning as an advanced machine learning technology can benefit PHM applications and, more importantly, can stimulate more research interests in our PHM community.

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Yan, W. ., & Yu, L. . (2015). On Accurate and Reliable Anomaly Detection for Gas Turbine Combustors: A Deep Learning Approach. Annual Conference of the PHM Society, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.36001/phmconf.2015.v7i1.2655
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anomaly detection, gas turbine combustors, deep learning, feature learning, feature engineering

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