Application of neural networks in forecasting engine systems reliability

K. Xu, M. Xie, L. C. Tang, Siu Lau Ho

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This paper presents a comparative study of the predictive performances of neural network time series models for forecasting failures and reliability in engine systems. Traditionally, failure data analysis requires specifications of parametric failure distributions and justifications of certain assumptions, which are at times difficult to validate. On the other hand, the time series modeling technique using neural networks provides a promising alternative. Neural network modeling via feed-forward multilayer perceptron (MLP) suffers from local minima problems and long computation time. The radial basis function (RBF) neural network architecture is found to be a viable alternative due to its shorter training time. Illustrative examples using reliability testing and field data showed that the proposed model results in comparable or better predictive performance than traditional MLP model and the linear benchmark based on Box-Jenkins autoregressive-integrated-moving average (ARIMA) models. The effects of input window size and hidden layer nodes are further investigated. Appropriate design topologies can be determined via sensitivity analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-268
Number of pages14
JournalApplied Soft Computing Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • ARIMA models
  • MLP model
  • Neural networks
  • Predictive performance
  • RBF model
  • Reliability analysis
  • Time series forecasting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence

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