(54) METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR
HIERARCHICAL FAULT CLASSIFICATION
AND DIAGNOSIS IN LARGE SYSTEMS
(75) Inventors: Daniel Joseph Cleary, Schenectady, NY (US); LiJie Yu, Clifton Park, NY (US); Mark David Osborn,
Schenectady, NY (US)
(73) Assignee: General Electric Company,
Niskayuna, NY (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 310 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 11/171,961
(22) Filed: Jun. 29, 2005
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2008/0039993 Al Feb. 14, 2008
(51) Int. CI.
GO 1M17/00 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 701/29; 701/33; 701/36;
(58) Field of Classification Search 701/2,
701/29, 30, 33, 34-36; 340/425.5, 438, 439 See application file for complete search history.
(56) References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
6,757,668 Bl * 6/2004 Goebel et al 706/59
A method for diagnosing and classifying faults in a system is provided. The method comprises acquiring operational data for at least one of a system, one or more subsystems of the system or one or more components of the one or more subsystems. Then, the method comprises analyzing the operational data using one or more diagnostic models. Each diagnostic model uses the operational data to determine a probability of fault associated with at least one of the one or more components or the one or more subsystems. Finally, the method comprises deriving an overall probability of fault for at least one of the system, the one or more subsystems, or the one or more components using the one or more probabilities of fault determined by the one or more diagnostic models and one or more hierarchical relationships between the subsystems and components of the system.