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Short Course: PHM Fundamentals

PHM Fundamentals: Monitoring/Sensing to Fault Diagnosis, Failure Prognosis, and Case Studies

Course Dates (Tentative): October 30 – 31, 2022

Course Leaders:
Dr. Karl Reichard and Jeff Bird
Course Presenters: Specialists using proven PHM Society curriculum, case studies, and mini-workshops
Course Administrator: Jeff Bird


This introductory course offered regularly at PHM conferences will be taught by recognized international experts in the PHM field and will cover the current state of the art in PHM technologies, sensors and sensing strategies, data mining tools, CBM+ technologies, novel diagnostic and prognostic algorithms as well as a diverse array of application examples/case studies. It is addressed to engineers, scientists, operations managers, educators, small business principals and system designers interested to learn how these emerging technologies can impact their work environment. Through a lecture (with Q&A), networking and workshop format with several specialist experts, you will:

  1. Establish a baseline for defining the extent and capabilities of PHM, specifically needs and organization
  2. Identify specific details of PHM Applications (metrics, sensors, cost benefits, reliability) and PHM Methods (diagnostics, prognostics, data driven methods and uncertainty)
  3. Examine case studies of PHM applications across diverse domains to identify solutions and impacts
  4. Plan a PHM application in two mini workshop settings with expert group leaders
  5. Identify issues and needs and a way forward including Continuing Professional Development

Topics include (case study or workshop sessions):

  • Introduction to PHM (Taxonomy, scope, basics, standards- for all talks)
  • Deriving Requirements for PHM
  • PHM Performance Metrics
  • Diagnostics Methods
  • Case Study for requirements/metrics (Description of an application)
  • Prognostics Methods
  • Data Analytics Methods
  • Prognostics Case Studies (2 case studies for prognosis and data analytics information)
  • Sensors and Data Processing (Available/Required data and organization)
  • Data- Case Study Workshop (Small group data design activity with worksheets)
  • CBM+ and IVHM Technologies
  • PHM Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Plenary- Issues and Needs (Review to compile collected issues from all participants)
  • Analysis- Case Study Workshop (Small group activity builds on data design mini)
  • Fielded Systems Case Studies-1 (case studies for CBM)
  • Fielded Systems Case Studies-2 (case study for CBA)
  • Way forward (Paths, Resources, Continuing Professional Development)

Lecturers: Dr. Karl Reichard- Penn State, Dr. Abhinav Saxena- GE confirmed and Leader: Jeff Bird- TECnosCourse Outline


Day 1 – Sunday Topic/Format
8:00 to 8:20 Welcome and Introductions (All participants)
8:20 to 9:00 Introduction to PHM (Taxonomy, scope, basics, standards)
9:00 to 9:45 Deriving Requirements for PHM (Basics and Illustrative examples)
9:45 to 10:30 Diagnostics Methods (Basics and Illustrative examples)
10:30 to 10:45 Break with refreshments and snacks provided
10:45 to 11:30 Prognostics (Basics and Illustrative examples)
11:30 to 11:45 Open Questions and Introduction to Mini-Workshop
11:45 to 12:30 Lunch provided
12:30 to 13:00 Case Study for requirements/metrics
13:00 to 13:45 Data Analytics Methods (Basics and Illustrative examples)
13:45 top 14:30 Data Analytics and Prognostics Case Studies
14:30 to 15:15 Sensors and Sensor Processing (Available/Required Data, organization)
15:15 to 15:30 Break with refreshments and snacks provided
15:30 to 16:15 Workshop 1: Problem Definition

(Small group design activity with worksheets – builds to Workshop 2)

16:15 to 16:45 Workshop 1 Reporting: Problem Definition

(Each group reports results)

16:45 to 16:55 Open Questions
19:30 onwards Non-hosted dinner with all participants
Day 2 – Monday Topic/Format
8:30 to 9:15 CBM+ and IVHM Technologies (Basics and Illustrative examples)
9:!5 to 10:00 PHM Cost Benefit Analysis (Basics with cost-benefit analysis, examples)
10:00 to 10:30 Plenary – Issues and Needs (Review to compile collected issues)
10:30 to 10:45 Break with refreshments and snacks provided
10:45 to 11:30 PHM Performance Metrics (Basics and illustrative examples)
11:30 to 11:45 Workshop 2: Introduction

(Group activity builds on Workshop 1)

11:45 to 12:45 Lunch provided
12:45 to 13:15 Fielded Systems Case Studies 1: CBM 18
13:15 to 13:45 Fielded Systems Case Studies 2: CBA 19
13:45 to 14:45 Workshop 2: Analysis and Operation

(Small group activity building on Workshop 1)

14:45 to 15:15 Workshop 2 Reporting: Analysis and Operation

(Each group reports)

15:15 to 15:40 Break with refreshments and snacks provided
15:40 to 16:10 Way Forward

(Paths, Resources, Continuing Professional Development)

4:10 to 4:20 Wrap-up with Evaluation Forms