Accession Number : ADA296883

Title :   Coal-Fired Central Energy Plant Operations Expert System and Editor (CEPES Version 4.3 and CEPES Editor Version 2.4) User's Guide.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Personal Author(s) : Moshage, Ralph ; Magliero, Tony ; Brewer, Mike ; Kantameni, Madhavi ; Blindt, Todd

PDF Url : ADA296883

Report Date : JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : Rising operation and maintenance (O&M) costs of central heating plants have forced the Army to seek alternative methods of running these facilities. Computer technology offers a great potential to automate and assist in many O&M tasks by helping diagnose equipment malfunctions and failures. An automated diagnostic tool for coal-fired heating plant equipment could reduce the demand for human labor, freeing personnel for higher priority work; reduce downtime for repair; promote thermal efficiency; and improve on-line reliability. In this project researchers developed a Coal-Fired Central Energy Plant Operations Expert System (CEPES), which analyzes and recommends solutions to coal-fired boiler operational problems. This phase of the project included the selection of hardware and software platforms, development and coding of the expert system, and knowledge acquisition for one module for field testing. The design of CEPES is unique due to the development of a system editor (CEPES Editor) that allows a field engineer to construct a plant configuration and insert expertise without the use of source level code. (MM)

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *HEATING PLANTS, *COAL, THERMAL PROPERTIES, USER MANUALS, AUTOMATION, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, FIELD TESTS, EFFICIENCY, COSTS, WATER TREATMENT, REPAIR, DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT, EXPERT SYSTEMS, ONLINE SYSTEMS, COMPUTER AIDED DIAGNOSIS, SOLID WASTES, MALFUNCTIONS, DOWNTIME, BOILERS, HEATERS, CONVEYORS.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Air Condition, Heating, Lighting & Ventilating

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE