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Shock and Vibration
Volume 19 (2012), Issue 1, Pages 25-35

Neural Network Based Vibration Analysis with Novelty in Data Detection for a Large Steam Turbine

K. P. Kumar,1 K.V.N.S. Rao,3 K.R. Krishna,2 and B. Theja1

1School of Mechanical Engineering, Vignan University, Vadlamudi, India
2Machine Dynamics and Failure Analysis Laboratory, Bharath Heavy Electricals Limited (B.H.E.L), Hyderabad, India
3Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sir C R Reddy College of Engineering, Eluru, India

Received 4 November 2009; Revised 18 May 2010

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Health of rotating machines like turbines, generators, pumps and fans etc., is crucial to reliability in power generation. For real time, integrated health monitoring of steam turbine, novel fault detection data is essential to reduce operating and maintenance costs while optimizing the life of the critical engine components. This paper describes about normal and abnormal vibration data detection procedure for a large steam turbine (210 MW) using artificial neural networks (ANN). Self-organization map is trained with the normal data obtained from a thermal power station, and simulated with abnormal condition data from a test rig developed at laboratory. The optimum size of self-organization map is determined using quantization and topographic errors, which has a strong influence on the quality of the clustering. The Mat lab 7 codes are applied to generate program using neural networks toolbox.