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In this paper, a fault detection, identification and estimation approach has been developed for the condition monitoring of the electro-hydraulic actuator (EHA) system using the multiple-model (MM) estimation algorithm. The MM estimation algorithm makes use of the extended Kalman filter (EKF) technique to generate estimates of states and key physical parameters, which are related to faults in the EHA system. The proposed fault detection and identification (FDI) is formulated as a hybrid interacting multiple-model estimation scheme. The interaction scheme between multiple models is introduced into the MM estimation algorithm to yield more robust detection and estimation. Estimates of the key physical parameters in the EHA system are assessed against baseline values and fused with the FDI results for higher level monitoring purposes. Two parameters of interests, namely torque motor equivalent resistance and the effective bulk modulus are investigated for the EHA system condition monitoring purpose. The simulation results highlight the considerable potential of the proposed technique for achieving improved condition monitoring of the EHA system.
Date of Conference: 25-27 June 2008