A comparative study of gravitational acceleration cancellation from on-rotor MEMS accelerometers for condition monitoring

Zainab Mones, Guojin Feng, Xiaoli Tang, Usama Haba, Fengshou Gu, Andrew Ball

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There have recently been significant enhancements in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technologies, which have provided an easier and cheaper means of condition monitoring for rotating machines by installing MEMS accelerometers directly onto rotors. One critical issue in using on-rotor MEMS accelerometers is extracting the real tangential acceleration from accelerometer outputs which also contain gravitational acceleration. This paper studies and compares two different methods that can be used to eliminate the gravitational acceleration so as to characterise the rotor dynamics precisely. In the first method, the pure tangential acceleration is reconstructed by combining two orthogonal outputs of a single MEMS accelerometer attached to the rotating part. The second method uses two MEMS accelerometers mounted diametrically opposite each other on the reciprocating compressor flywheel, allowing the gravitational acceleration signal to be cancelled by summing the acceleration signals from both sensors. Based on analytical and experimental results, gravitational acceleration can be successfully eliminated by both methods, and the calculated tangential acceleration signal can effectively reflect the running status of a reciprocating compressor subject to the leakage fault.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th International Congress on Sound and Vibration, ICSV 2017
EditorsBarry Gibbs
PublisherInternational Institute of Acoustics and Vibration, IIAV
ISBN (Electronic)9781906913274
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event24th International Congress on Sound and Vibration - Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Jul 201727 Jul 2017
Conference number: 24
http://www.icsv24.org/ (Link to Congress Website)

Publication series

ISSN (Electronic)2329-3675


Conference24th International Congress on Sound and Vibration
Abbreviated titleICSV24
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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