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Bearing monitoring
Author(s): Roger Xu; Mark W. Stevenson; Chi-Man Kwan; Leonard S. Haynes
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Paper Abstract

At Ford Motor Company, thrust bearing in drill motors is often damaged by metal chips. Since the vibration frequency is several Hz only, it is very difficult to use accelerometers to pick up the vibration signals. Under the support of Ford and NASA, we propose to use a piezo film as a sensor to pick up the slow vibrations of the bearing. Then a neural net based fault detection algorithm is applied to differentiate normal bearing from bad bearing. The first step involves a Fast Fourier Transform which essentially extracts the significant frequency components in the sensor. Then Principal Component Analysis is used to further reduce the dimension of the frequency components by extracting the principal features inside the frequency components. The features can then be used to indicate the status of bearing. Experimental results are very encouraging.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 2001
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 4389, Component and Systems Diagnostics, Prognosis, and Health Management, (20 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.434241
Show Author Affiliations
Roger Xu, Intelligent Automation, Inc. (United States)
Mark W. Stevenson, Intelligent Automation, Inc. (United States)
Chi-Man Kwan, Intelligent Automation, Inc. (United States)
Leonard S. Haynes, Intelligent Automation, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4389:
Component and Systems Diagnostics, Prognosis, and Health Management
Peter K. Willett; Thiagalingam Kirubarajan, Editor(s)

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