Real-Time Health Monitoring for Gas Turbine Components using Online Learning and High Dimensional Data


Over-instrumented blowout experiment in optically accessible combustion test rig at Georgia Tech.
Over-instrumented blowout experiment in optically accessible combustion test rig at Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Website:  Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Award Number:  FE0031288
Project Duration:  10/01/2017 – 09/30/2020
Total Award Value:  $750,297
DOE Share:  $600,000
Performer Share:  $150,297
Technology Area:  Advanced Turbines
Key Technology:  Advanced Combustion Turbines
Location:  Atlanta, Georgia

Project Description

The Georgia Tech Research Corporation will use two industry-class gas turbine component test rigs to generate first-of-its-kind data for critical gas turbine faults with varying severity levels. These gas turbine test facilities will be examined using instrumentation techniques to build an open data collection that will support predictive algorithm development for combustors and turbines. The test conditions in the two test facilities will include, common, critical events that occur in the operation of power plants. The data will be correlated with physics-based models and first-principle relationships to improve component life predictions. Additionally, a comprehensive Big Data analytics methodology will be developed guided by the generated experimental data, industrial data from collaborators, and physics-based models with engineering domain knowledge. The effort will leverage existing research facilities that will generate the first publicly available data with simulated combustor and turbine faults.

Project Benefits

Anticipated benefits from projects funded through the University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program include development of technologies that will accelerate turbine performance, efficiency, and emissions reduction beyond the current-state-of-the-art and reduce the risk to market for novel and advanced turbine-based power generation. In addition, the UTSR Program seeks to maintain and enhance U.S. university-based turbine science capabilities to ensure a world-class scientific workforce for future generations. UTSR is a component of NETL’s Advanced Turbines Program that manages a portfolio of projects designed to remove environmental concerns over the future use of fossil fuels by developing revolutionary, near-zero-emission advanced turbines technologies.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Omer R. Bakshi:
Technology Manager 
Richard Dennis:
Principal Investigator 
Nagi Gebraeel:

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