Monitoring Gearbox Using a Wireless Temperature Node Powered by Thermal Energy Harvesting Module

Badradin Elforjani, Yuandong Xu, Khaldoon Brethee, Zhifei Wu, Fengshou Gu, Andrew Ball

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Condition monitoring (CM) of gearbox is a crucial activity due to its importance in power transmission for many industrial applications. Monitoring temperature is an effective mean to collect useful information about the healthy conditions of the gearbox. This study investigates the use of a novel wireless temperature node to monitor and diagnose different faults on a gearbox transmission system under different conditions. The wireless temperature node was fabricated with a novel feature that it is supplied by a thermoelectric generator module mounted on the gearbox house to be monitored so that the measurement system avoids the shortage of using a wired power sources or the requirement for recharging or changing batteries. Moreover, the temperatures from lubricating oils and housing are modelled empirically to implement a model based detection. The results show that this monitoring approach allows a number of common faults: tooth breakage, oil shortage, and shaft misalignment to be separated under different loads, which demonstrates the outstanding performance of the proposed system and thus suitable for online and automated condition monitoring.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Automation & Computing, (University of Huddersfield, 7-8 September 2017)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780701702601
ISBN (Print)9781509050406
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2017
Event23rd International Conference on Automation and Computing: Addressing Global Challenges through Automation and Computing - University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 20178 Sep 2017
Conference number: 23 (Link to Conference Website)


Conference23rd International Conference on Automation and Computing
Abbreviated titleICAC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherThe scope of the conference covers a broad spectrum of areas with multi-disciplinary interests in the fields of automation, control engineering, computing and information systems, ranging from fundamental research to real-world applications.
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