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Time-Domain Based Quantification of Surface Degradation for Better Monitoring of the Health Condition of Ball Bearings

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Qatar University, P.O. Box 2713, Doha, Qatar
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Vibration 2018, 1(1), 172-191; https://doi.org/10.3390/vibration1010013
Received: 7 July 2018 / Revised: 5 September 2018 / Accepted: 6 September 2018 / Published: 10 September 2018
This research aims to analyze the vibration response of damaged rolling element bearings experimentally and to assess their degree of degradation by examining parameters extracted from the time domain. This task was accomplished in three phases. In the first phase, a test rig was carefully designed and precisely manufactured. In particular, an innovative solution for rapidly mounting and dismounting bearings on the supporting shaft was tested and used successfully. In the second phase, a specific technique of seeding defects inside the ball bearings was developed. In the last phase, damaged bearings (and healthy ones serving as a reference) were installed on the test rig, and different vibration measurements were taken. The results obtained from this work show that different parameters could be extracted from the time domain. In addition to the six common indicators (peak, root mean square, crest factor, kurtosis value, impulse factor, and shape factor), four hybrid new ones have been proposed (Talaf, Thikat, Siana and, Inthar). The experimental results confirm the well-known efficiency of kurtosis in the detection of bearing defects. However, the newly proposed parameters were found to be more responsive to defect growth. View Full-Text
Keywords: ball bearings; localized defect; vibration response; time domain indicators ball bearings; localized defect; vibration response; time domain indicators
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Salem, A.; Aly, A.; Sassi, S.; Renno, J. Time-Domain Based Quantification of Surface Degradation for Better Monitoring of the Health Condition of Ball Bearings. Vibration 2018, 1, 172-191.

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