Standardizing research methods for prognostics


Uckun, S.; Goebel, K.; Lucas, P. Standardizing research methods for prognostics. International Conference on Prognostics and Health Management 2008; 2008 October 6-9; Denver, CO.


Prognostics and health management (PHM) is a maturing system engineering discipline. As with most maturing disciplines, PHM does not yet have a universally accepted research methodology. As a result, most component life estimation efforts are based on ad-hoc experimental methods that lack statistical rigor. In this paper, we provide a critical review of current research methods in PHM and contrast these methods with standard research approaches in a more established discipline (medicine). We summarize the developmental steps required for PHM to reach full maturity and to generate actionable results with true business impact.

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