Epicyclic gearboxes are prevalent in a variety of important engineering systems such as automotive, aerospace, wind turbines, civil equipment and industrial robots owing to the merits of compact structure and high power density. To ensure the productivities of such important systems, condition monitoring techniques are being actively studied to resolve the challenge of varying transmission paths and multiple modulations in vibration signals acquired from ring gear housing. This paper proposes a new Modulation Signal Bispectrum (MSB) Enhanced Squared Envelope method to analyse the vibration signals acquired by a special On-Rotor Sensing (ORS) transducer that is mounted on the shaft of an epicyclic gearbox. A vibration signal model of ORS measurements from epicyclic gearboxes is presented to show the multiple modulation influences. Moreover, inevitable noise influences are also investigated on the conventional squared envelope and the state-of-the-art spectral correlation analysis. On this base, MSB is introduced to suppress these influences for accurately extracting equally spaced harmonics in the squared envelope and is then integrated to isolate fault signatures, allowing effective fault detection and diagnosis of epicyclic gearboxes, which lead to novel contributions of an MSB Enhanced Squared Envelope (MSB-ESE) approach. An experimental study of compound epicyclic gear faults was conducted to demonstrate the superior performance of MSB-ESE along with the special ORS technique in detecting and diagnosing the compound faults on sun and planet gears.
|Journal||Structural Health Monitoring|
|Early online date||21 May 2022|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 21 May 2022|