Electrical motor current signal analysis using a modulation signal bispectrum for the fault diagnosis of a gearbox downstream

M. Haram, T. Wang, F. Gu, A. D. Ball

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Motor current signal analysis has been an effective way for many years of monitoring electrical machines themselves. However, little work has been carried out in using this technique for monitoring their downstream equipment because of difficulties in extracting small fault components in the measured current signals. This paper investigates the characteristics of electrical current signals for monitoring the faults from a downstream gearbox using a modulation signal bispectrum (MSB), including phase effects in extracting small modulating components in a noisy measurement. An analytical study is firstly performed to understand amplitude, frequency and phase characteristics of current signals due to faults. It then explores the performance of MSB analysis in detecting weak modulating components in current signals. Experimental study based on a 10kw two stage gearbox, driven by a three phase induction motor, shows that MSB peaks at different rotational frequencies can be based to quantify the severity of gear tooth breakage and the degrees of shaft misalignment. In addition, the type and location of a fault can be recognized based on the frequency at which the change of MSB peak is the highest among different frequencies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012050
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event25th International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering: Sustained Prosperity through Proactive Monitoring, Diagnosis and Management - University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Jun 201220 Jun 2012
Conference number: 25
http://compeng.hud.ac.uk/comadem2012/ (Link to Conference Website )


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