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See detailA two-level emergency control scheme against power system voltage instability
Otomega, Bogdan; Glavic, Mevludin ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Control Engineering Practice (2014), 30

A two-level adaptive control scheme against power system voltage instability is proposed, to deal with emergency conditions by acting on distribution transformers and/or by curtailing some loads. The ... [more ▼]

A two-level adaptive control scheme against power system voltage instability is proposed, to deal with emergency conditions by acting on distribution transformers and/or by curtailing some loads. The lower level includes distributed controllers, each acting once the voltage at a monitored transmission bus settles below a threshold value. The upper level benefits from wide-area monitoring and adjusts in real-time the voltage thresholds of the local controllers. Emergency detection is based on the sign of sensitivities. The proposed scheme is robust with respect to communication failures. Its performance is illustrated through detailed simulations of a small but realistic 74-bus test system. [less ▲]

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See detailApoptosis characterizes immunological failure of HIV infected patients
Mhawej, Marie-José; Brunet-Francois, Cécile; Fonteneau, Raphaël ULg et al

in Control Engineering Practice (2009), 17(7), 798-804

This paper studies the influence of apoptosis in the dynamics of the HIV infection. A new modeling of the healthy CD4+ T-cells activation-induced apoptosis is used. The parameters of this model are ... [more ▼]

This paper studies the influence of apoptosis in the dynamics of the HIV infection. A new modeling of the healthy CD4+ T-cells activation-induced apoptosis is used. The parameters of this model are identified by using clinical data generated by monitoring patients starting Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy (HAART). The sampling of blood tests is performed to satisfy the constraints of dynamical system parameter identification. The apoptosis parameter, which is inferred from clinical data, is then shown to play a key role in the early diagnosis of immunological failure. [less ▲]

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See detailCoupling principal component analysis and Kalman filtering algorithms for on-line aircraft engine diagnostics
Borguet, Sébastien ULg; Léonard, Olivier ULg

in Control Engineering Practice (2009), 17(4), 494-502

Engine health monitoring has been an area of intensive research for more than three decades. Numerous methods have been developed with the goal of performing an accurate assessment of the engine condition ... [more ▼]

Engine health monitoring has been an area of intensive research for more than three decades. Numerous methods have been developed with the goal of performing an accurate assessment of the engine condition. It is generally accepted that a practical implementation of a monitoring tool will rely on a combination of several techniques. In this framework, the present contribution proposes an original approach for coupling two diagnostic tools in order to enhance the capability of an engine health monitoring system. One tool is based on a principal component analysis scheme and the other is based on a Kalman filter technique. The three methodologies are compared and the benefit of the combined tool is demonstrated on simulated fault cases which can be expected in a commercial turbofan layout. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailProbabilistic design of power-system special stability controls
Wehenkel, Louis ULg; Lebrevelec, Cyril; Trotignon, Marc et al

in Control Engineering Practice (1999), 7(2), 183-194

A probabilistic approach to the design of power-system special stability controls is presented here. Using Monte-Carlo simulations, it takes into account all the potential causes of blackouts, slow and ... [more ▼]

A probabilistic approach to the design of power-system special stability controls is presented here. Using Monte-Carlo simulations, it takes into account all the potential causes of blackouts, slow and fast dynamics, and modeling uncertainties. A large number of scenarios are simulated in parallel by time-domain numerical integration, and the relevant parameters of the resulting system trajectories are stored in a database. Data-mining tools are used to identify the most important system weaknesses and possible improvements. The approach is tested on a large-scale study on the SouthÐEastern part of the extra-high-voltage system of Electricité de France. [less ▲]

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