Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety of Technical Processes 2006

1st Edition

A Proceedings Volume from the 6th IFAC Symposium on Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety of Technical Processes



The safe and reliable operation of technical systems is of great significance for the protection of human life and health, the environment, and of the vested economic value. The correct functioning of those systems has a profound impact also on production cost and product quality. The early detection of faults is critical in avoiding performance degradation and damage to the machinery or human life. Accurate diagnosis then helps to make the right decisions on emergency actions and repairs. Fault detection and diagnosis (FDD) has developed into a major area of research, at the intersection of systems and control engineering, artificial intelligence, applied mathematics and statistics, and such application fields as chemical, electrical, mechanical and aerospace engineering. IFAC has recognized the significance of FDD by launching a triennial symposium series dedicated to the subject. The SAFEPROCESS Symposium is organized every three years since the first symposium held in Baden-Baden in 1991. SAFEPROCESS 2006, the 6th IFAC Symposium on Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety of Technical Processes was held in Beijing, PR China. The program included three plenary papers, two semi-plenary papers, two industrial talks by internationally recognized experts and 258 regular papers, which have been selected out of a total of 387 regular and invited papers submitted.

Key Features

* Discusses the developments and future challenges in all aspects of fault diagnosis and fault tolerant control * 8 invited and 36 contributed sessions included with a special session on the demonstration of process monitoring and diagnostic software tools


For researchers and practicing engineers from a range of disciplines

Table of Contents

Fault Detection, Isolation and Identification Model-based methods: observers, parity relations and identification
Statistical approaches
Fault modelling
Signal analysis
Design measures for robustness
Pattern recognition Computational Intelligence in Fault Diagnosis Expert systems
Fuzzy logic and rough sets
Artificial neural networks
Neuro-fuzzy approaches
Qualitative reasoning Design for Reliability and Safety Reliability and safety analysis
Probabilistic safety assessment
Testing and evaluation of safety systems
Safety standards and qualification
Safety evaluation tools Fault Tolerant Systems Design Fault prediction
Fault tolerant and fail-safe control
Design measures for fault tolerance
Reconfigurable and scalable control systems Maintenance and Repair Maintenance and repair strategies
Predictive maintenance
Operator support information systems
Life-cycle considerations
Human Factors Human factors in automation Human reliability analysis
Support for systems operation and decision making
Industrial safety management and safety culture
Economic, environmental and ecological aspects of fault diagnosis Industrial Applications and Case Studies Electrical, mechanical and electronic system


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About the editor

Hong-Yue Zhang

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Measurement and Control, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, China