Pitting detection in worm gearboxes with vibration analysis

F. Elasha, C. Ruiz-Cárcel, D. Mba, G. Kiat, I. Nze, G. Yebra

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Abstract

Diagnostics of worm gear defects with vibration analysis is challenging and this is reflected in the limited number of publications. However, these gears are commonly used in many applications such as escalators, mills, and conveyors, and significant cost may arise from their down time due to unidentified defects. This paper aims to apply various vibration analysis techniques to diagnose the presence of naturally developed faults within worm gearboxes.

The condition of three different worm gearboxes were assessed using various vibration signal analysis techniques including a few statistical measures, Spectral Kurtosis and enveloping. This was undertaken in an attempt to identify the presence of defects within the worm gearboxes. It is shown that irrespective of the predominantly sliding motion of the gears, diagnosis of faults is feasible as long as the appropriate analysis technique is employed. In addition the results show sensitivity to the direction of vibration measurement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-376
Number of pages11
JournalEngineering Failure Analysis
Volume42
Early online date1 May 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Vibration analysis
Pitting
Defects
Gears
Escalators
Worm gears
Vibration measurement
Conveyors
Signal analysis
Costs

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Transport for London

Keywords

  • Worm gearboxes diagnostics
  • Vibration
  • Spectral Kurtosis

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Pitting detection in worm gearboxes with vibration analysis. / Elasha, F.; Ruiz-Cárcel, C.; Mba, D.; Kiat, G.; Nze, I.; Yebra, G.

In: Engineering Failure Analysis, Vol. 42, 07.2014, p. 366-376.

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Elasha, F. ; Ruiz-Cárcel, C. ; Mba, D. ; Kiat, G. ; Nze, I. ; Yebra, G. / Pitting detection in worm gearboxes with vibration analysis. In: Engineering Failure Analysis. 2014 ; Vol. 42. pp. 366-376.
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