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Expert system for testing industrial processes and determining sensor status

United States Patent

June 2, 1998
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A method and system for monitoring both an industrial process and a sensor. The method and system include determining a minimum number of sensor pairs needed to test the industrial process as well as the sensor for evaluating the state of operation of both. The technique further includes generating a first and second signal characteristic of an industrial process variable. After obtaining two signals associated with one physical variable, a difference function is obtained by determining the arithmetic difference between the pair of signals over time. A frequency domain transformation is made of the difference function to obtain Fourier modes describing a composite function. A residual function is obtained by subtracting the composite function from the difference function and the residual function (free of nonwhite noise) is analyzed by a statistical probability ratio test.
Gross; Kenneth C. (Bolingbrook, IL), Singer; Ralph M. (Naperville, IL)
The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
08/ 541,602
October 10, 1995
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract W-31-109-ENG-38 between the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of Chicago.