An introduction to modelling and experimental techniques to develop fault detection and isolation algorithms focusing on practical applications and hands-on interaction with test rigs. Read more Read less

This practical course will teach you to combine simulations and experiments to answer fundamental questions regarding normal and abnormal behaviour of different systems. During this 2 day course students apply a model-based approach to develop diagnostics to detect faults in a variety of vehicle systems. This is achieved by composing physics models to simulate healthy and faulty conditions and designing experiments to validate said models. Simulations and experimental data are then used to create diagnostic algorithms and to evaluate the accuracy of fault detection algorithms.

The course is constructed around two use cases to which the students will apply the techniques taught in this course: aircraft fuel system and electromechanical linear actuators. Students will work in groups to produce models, conduct experiments, validate the models, and generate diagnostic rules. Data is collected using test rigs at the facilities of the IVHM Centre.

At a glance

Course structure

This is a 2 day course. Day 1 is a combination of lectures and practical sessions dedicated to modelling and experimental planning for two systems: an aircraft fuel system and an electromechanically linear actuator. Day 2 is spent in the IVHM Centre’s laboratories operating test rigs, collecting data, validating models, and developing diagnostic algorithms. All practical sessions involve group activities.

What you will learn

By the end of this course students will have learnt to:

  • Apply a model-based approach to develop diagnostics to detect single faults in real systems.
  • Compose physics models to simulate healthy and faulty conditions
  • Design experiments to validate models
  • Create basic diagnostic algorithms
  • Evaluate the performance of a diagnostic algorithm based on experimental data

Core content

  • Introduction to modelling in SimulinkTM and SimscapeTM for hydraulic and electromechanical systems
  • Developing models of fuel systems and electromechanical linear actuators
  • Experimental planning for model validation and develop diagnostic rules
  • Data collection and model validation
  • Developing diagnostic rules using physics-based rules 

Who should attend

This course is aimed at engineers interested in gaining hands-on experience modelling and testing hydraulic and electromechanical systems, and particularly for those with an interest in Condition Monitoring and Integrated Vehicle Health Management.

This course will be particularly useful for engineers at the beginning of their careers.

This course requires basic knowledge of MatlabTM


Dr Manuel Esperon Miguez

Cristobal Ruiz Carcel

Prof Ian K. Jennions


20% discount for Cranfield Alumni. 
10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.  

Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here.  Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel. 

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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