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Feature Extraction and Pattern Identification for Anemometer Condition Diagnosis

Author(s): Longji Sun | Chao Chen | Qi Cheng

Journal: International Journal of Prognostics and Health Management
ISSN 2153-2648

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 8;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: eature extraction | pattern identification | Anemometer

Cup anemometers are commonly used for wind speed measurement in the wind industry. Anemometer malfunctions lead to excessive errors in measurement and directly influence the wind energy development for a proposed wind farm site. This paper is focused on feature extraction and pattern identification to solve the anemometer condition diagnosis problem of the PHM 2011 Data Challenge Competition. Since the accuracy of anemometers can be severely affected by the environmental factors such as icing and the tubular tower itself, in order to distinguish the cause due to anemometer failures from these factors, our methodologies start with eliminating irregular data (outliers) under the influence of environmental factors. For paired data, the relation between the relative wind speed difference and the wind direction is extracted as an important feature to reflect normal or abnormal behaviors of paired anemometers. Decisions regarding the condition of paired anemometers are made by comparing the features extracted from training and test data. For shear data, a power law model is fitted using the preprocessed and normalized data, and the sum of the squared residuals (SSR) is used to measure the health of an array of anemometers. Decisions are made by comparing the SSRs of training and test data. The performance of our proposed methods is evaluated through the competition website. As a final result, our team ranked the second place overall in both student and professional categories in this competition.
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