RESEARCH PAPERS: Condition Monitoring

The Condition Monitoring of Rolling Element Bearings Using Vibration Analysis

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J. Mathew

J. Mathew and Associates, Endeavor Hills, Victoria, Australia

R. J. Alfredson

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia

J. Vib., Acoust., Stress, and Reliab 106(3), 447-453 (Jul 01, 1984) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3269216 History: Received June 10, 1983; Online November 23, 2009


A brief review on techniques of machine condition monitoring is presented followed by a description and results of a study involving the monitoring of vibration signatures of several rolling element bearings with a view to detecting incipient failure. The vibration data were analyzed and several parameters were assessed with regard to their effectiveness in the detection of bearing condition. It was found that all the parameters were of some value depending on the type of bearing failure encountered. Generally, frequency domain parameters were more consistent in the detection of damage than time domain parameters. However, sufficient evidence is produced to show that it would be unreliable to depend exclusively on any one technique to detect bearing damage.

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