Planetary Gearbox Fault Diagnosis Using an On-Rotor MEMS Accelerometer

Zainab Mones, Qiang Zeng, Lei Hu, Xiaoli Tang, Fengshou Gu, Andrew Ball

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Conventional accelerometers installed on housing often give out less accurate diagnostic results for planetary gearbox because the mesh excitation of planet gears change with carrier movement. Recent significant advancements in low-power and low-cost Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technologies make it possible and easier to mount MEMS accelerometers directly on the rotating shaft, enabling more accurate dynamic characteristics of the rotating machine to be acquired and used for condition monitoring. In this paper, two tiny MEMS accelerometers are installed diametrically opposite each other on the lowspeed input shaft of a planetary gearbox to measure the acceleration signals. The acceleration signals sensed by each MEMS will contain both the tangential acceleration and gravitational acceleration, but the latter can be removed by summing the acceleration signals from both sensors in order to characterise the rotor dynamics precisely. The experimental results show that the tangential acceleration measured on the low-speed input shaft of a planetary gearbox can clearly indicate faults, thus providing a reliable and lowcost method for planetary gearbox 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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