Model-Based Tampering for Improved Process PerformanceAn Application to Grinding of Shafts Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper presents the model-based tampering (MBT) methodology to address performance degradation in complex nonlinear processes. MBT involves characterizing the dynamics of a process through experiments to derive nonlinear stochastic differential equation (n-SDE) models that can accurately and compactly represent a process, and using these models to dynamically compensate for the effects of process degradation on the performance. This research has yielded a new method to derive n-SDE models of complex processes through a signal-based reconstruction of Fokker-Planck equations. MBT was applied to control surface finish during cylindrical grinding of shafts of air bearings used in aircraft environmental control systems (ECS) - a core competency of Honeywell. It has been shown that n-SDE models help capture patterns in process outputs that cannot be captured using any simpler models, and that MBT reduces the surface finish variation by 62% over the current industry practice.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Manufacturing Processes

author list (cited authors)

  • Palanna, R., Bukkapatnam, S., & Settles, F. S.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Palanna, Rajkumar||Bukkapatnam, Satish||Settles, F Stan

publication date

  • January 2003