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Energies 2016, 9(6), 409; doi:10.3390/en9060409

A New Predictive Model Based on the ABC Optimized Multivariate Adaptive Regression Splines Approach for Predicting the Remaining Useful Life in Aircraft Engines

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Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Oviedo, C/Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo, Spain
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Department of Mining Technology, Topography and Structures, University of León, 24071 León, Spain
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Academic Editor: Leonardo P. Chamorro
Received: 7 March 2016 / Revised: 19 May 2016 / Accepted: 23 May 2016 / Published: 26 May 2016
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Abstract

Remaining useful life (RUL) estimation is considered as one of the most central points in the prognostics and health management (PHM). The present paper describes a nonlinear hybrid ABC–MARS-based model for the prediction of the remaining useful life of aircraft engines. Indeed, it is well-known that an accurate RUL estimation allows failure prevention in a more controllable way so that the effective maintenance can be carried out in appropriate time to correct impending faults. The proposed hybrid model combines multivariate adaptive regression splines (MARS), which have been successfully adopted for regression problems, with the artificial bee colony (ABC) technique. This optimization technique involves parameter setting in the MARS training procedure, which significantly influences the regression accuracy. However, its use in reliability applications has not yet been widely explored. Bearing this in mind, remaining useful life values have been predicted here by using the hybrid ABC–MARS-based model from the remaining measured parameters (input variables) for aircraft engines with success. A correlation coefficient equal to 0.92 was obtained when this hybrid ABC–MARS-based model was applied to experimental data. The agreement of this model with experimental data confirmed its good performance. The main advantage of this predictive model is that it does not require information about the previous operation states of the aircraft engine. View Full-Text
Keywords: multivariate adaptive regression splines (MARS); artificial bee colony (ABC); aircraft engine; remaining useful life (RUL); prognostics; reliability multivariate adaptive regression splines (MARS); artificial bee colony (ABC); aircraft engine; remaining useful life (RUL); prognostics; reliability
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García Nieto, P.J.; García-Gonzalo, E.; Bernardo Sánchez, A.; Menéndez Fernández, M. A New Predictive Model Based on the ABC Optimized Multivariate Adaptive Regression Splines Approach for Predicting the Remaining Useful Life in Aircraft Engines. Energies 2016, 9, 409.

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