DOI: 15, 2021Proceedings Paper

Application of Artificial Neural Network Based Gas Path Diagnostics on Gas Pipeline Compressors

Yi-Guang Li, Suleiman M. Suleiman


This paper presents the development of an artificial neural network (ANN) Gas Path Diagnostics (GPD) technique applied to pipeline compression system for fault detection and quantification. The work detailed the various degradation mechanisms and the effect of such degradations on the performance of natural gas compressors. The data used in demonstrating the ANN diagnostics is so derived using an advanced thermodynamic performance simulation model of integrated pipeline and compressor systems, which has embedded empirical compressor map data and pipeline resistance model. Implantation of faults within the model is in such a way to account for faults degradations caused by fouling, erosion and corrosion, of various degrees of severities, to obtain wide range of corresponding simulated “true” measurements. In order to account for uncertainties normally encountered in field measurements, Gaussian noise distribution was combined with simulated true measurements, which depends on the instrument’s tolerances. Furthermore, since judicious measurements selection are crucial in ensuring flawless GPD predictions, a sensitivity and correlation analysis of the available measurements revealed that discharge temperature, rotational speed and...Continue Reading

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