The Enhancement of Weak Bearing Fault Signatures by Stochastic Resonance with a Novel Potential Function

Chao Zhang, Haoran Duan, Yu Xue, Biao Zhang, Bin Fan, Jianguo Wang, Fengshou Gu

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As the critical parts of wind turbines, rolling bearings are prone to faults due to the extreme operating conditions. To avoid the influence of the faults on wind turbine performance and asset damages, many methods have been developed to monitor the health of bearings by accurately analyzing their vibration signals. Stochastic resonance (SR)-based signal enhancement is one of effective methods to extract the characteristic frequencies of weak fault signals. This paper constructs a new SR model, which is established based on the joint properties of both Power Function Type Single-Well and Woods-Saxon (PWS), and used to make fault frequency easy to detect. However, the collected vibration signals usually contain strong noise interference, which leads to poor effect when using the SR analysis method alone. Therefore, this paper combines the Fourier Decomposition Method (FDM) and SR to improve the detection accuracy of bearing fault signals feature. Here, the FDM is an alternative method of empirical mode decomposition (EMD), which is widely used in nonlinear signal analysis to eliminate the interference of low-frequency coupled signals. In this paper, a new stochastic resonance model (PWS) is constructed and combined with FDM to enhance the vibration signals of the input and output shaft of the wind turbine gearbox bearing, make the bearing fault signals can be easily detected. The results show that the combination of the two methods can detect the frequency of a bearing failure, thereby reminding maintenance personnel to urgently develop a maintenance plan.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6348
Number of pages15
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020


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