Fault Damage Power and Self-Recovery System of Machinery
Animals possess the function of self-recovery for adapting the change in their living conditions. Can machinery, by bionic design, just like animals, also possess the function of self-recovery for making itself free of fault, or for eliminating fault automatically during operation? In this paper, a new theory of Engineering Self-recovery is discussed, which could provide theoretical basis and new methodology for creating a new generation of machinery with fault self-recovery function. The engineering self-recovery theory is different from engineering cybernetics. Engineering cybernetics endows machinery with purposive behavior which originally is one of animal’s common characteristics, while engineering self-recovery theory endows machinery with the new function of fault self-recovery which originally is another one of animal’s common characteristics. Under the guidance of engineering cybernetics, the automation of machinery has come true. While under the guidance of engineering self-recovery theory, a new generation of machinery with the new function of fault self-recovery could also be realized. The self-recovery system, which can provide fault self-recovery force to restrain fault force, is investigated in detail. Based on fault mechanism and risk analysis, and by bionic design, a fault self-recovery system, which is a dynamic system to store, supplement and transfer the self-recovery force, is endowed to a machine with the ability to maintain the machine in a health state. Also, the research in engineering application of the new concept, fault self-recovery, is on the way. As an example, the new concept centrifugal compressor with fault self-recovery function is discussed here with axial displacement and flow induced vibration fault self-recovery as examples to show the steps of fault self-recovery system construction such as fault mechanism, necessity, determination, possibility, fault tolerance, limitation and execution.
F. Chu, H. Ouyang, V. Silberschmidt, L. Garibaldi, C.Surace, W.M. Ostachowicz and D. Jiang
J. J. Gao et al., "Fault Damage Power and Self-Recovery System of Machinery", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 413-414, pp. 3-14, 2009