Improved reliability in diagnosing faults using multivariate statistics

D. Lieftucht, U. Yruger, George Irwin

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This paper analyses multivariate statistical techniques for identifying and isolating abnormal process behaviour. These techniques include contribution charts and variable reconstructions that relate to the application of principal component analysis (PCA). The analysis reveals firstly that contribution charts produce variable contributions which are linearly dependent and may lead to an incorrect diagnosis, if the number of principal components retained is close to the number of recorded process variables. The analysis secondly yields that variable reconstruction affects the geometry of the PCA decomposition. The paper further introduces an improved variable reconstruction method for identifying multiple sensor and process faults and for isolating their influence upon the recorded process variables. It is shown that this can accommodate the effect of reconstruction, i.e. changes in the covariance matrix of the sensor readings and correctly re-defining the PCA-based monitoring statistics and their confidence limits. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)901-912
Number of pages12
JournalComputers & Chemical Engineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Control and Systems Engineering


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