Diagnosis and Fault-Tolerant Control

  • Mogens Blanke
  • Michel Kinnaert
  • Jan Lunze
  • Marcel Staroswiecki

About this book


Fault-tolerant control aims at a graceful degradation of the behaviour of automated systems in case of faults. It satisfies the industrial demand for enhanced availability and safety, in contrast to traditional reactions to faults that bring about sudden shutdowns and loss of availability.

The book presents effective model-based analysis and design methods for fault diagnosis and fault-tolerant control. Architectural and structural models are used to analyse the propagation of the fault throughout the process, to test the fault detectability and to find the redundancies in the process that can be used to ensure fault tolerance. Design methods for diagnostic systems and fault-tolerant controllers are presented for processes that are described by analytical models, by discrete-event models or that can be dealt with as quantised systems. Five case studies on pilot processes show the applicability of the presented methods. The theoretical results are illustrated by two running examples used throughout the book.

The book addresses engineering students, engineers in industry and researchers who wish to get a survey over the variety of approaches to process diagnosis and fault-tolerant control.

The authors have extensive teaching experience with graduates and PhD students as well as industrial experts. Parts of this book have been used in courses for this audience. The authors give a thorough introduction to the main ideas of diagnosis and fault-tolerant control and present some of their most recent research achievements that they have obtained together with their research groups in a close cooperation within European research projects.

The second edition includes new material about reconfigurable control, diagnosis of nonlinear systems, and remote diagnosis. The application examples are extended by a steering-by-wire system and the air path of a diesel engine, both of which include experimental results. The bibliographical notes at the end of all chapters have been up-dated. The chapters end with exercises to be used in lectures.


architecture configuration control design discrete event system discrete event systems dynamical systems nonlinear system safety system

Authors and affiliations

  • Mogens Blanke
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michel Kinnaert
    • 3
  • Jan Lunze
    • 4
  • Marcel Staroswiecki
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Section of Automation at Østed · DTUTechnical University of DenmarkLyngbyDenmark
  2. 2.Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  3. 3.Laboratoire d’AutomatiqueUniversité Libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium
  4. 4.Lehrstuhl für Automatisierungstechnik und ProzessinformatikRuhr-Universität BochumBochumGermany
  5. 5.Ecole Polytechnique Universitaire de LilleUniversité Lille IVilleneuve d’Ascq CedexFrance
  6. 6.Ecole Normale Supérieure de CachanCachanFrance

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