Application of Fault Detection Techniques to Spiral Bevel Gear Fatigue Data.
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION CLEVELAND OH LEWIS RESEARCH CEN TER
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Results of applying a variety of gear fault detection techniques to experimental data is presented. A spiral bevel gear fatigue rig was used to initiate a naturally occurring fault and propagate the fault to a near catastrophic condition of the test gear pair. The spiral bevel gear fatigue test lasted a total of eighteen hours. At approximately five and a half hours into the test, the rig was stopped to inspect the gears for damage, at which time a small pit was identified on a tooth of the pinion. The test was then stopped an additional seven times throughout the rest of the test in order to observe and document the growth and propagation of the fault. The test was ended when a major portion of a pinion tooth broke off. A personal computer based diagnostic system was developed to obtain vibration data from the test rig, and to perform the on-line gear condition monitoring. A number of gear fault detection techniques, which use the signal average in both the time and frequency domain, were applied to the experimental data. Among the techniques investigated, two of the recently developed methods appeared to be the first to react to the start of tooth damage. These methods continued to react to the damage as the pitted area grew in size to cover approximately 75 of the face width of the pinion tooth. In addition, information gathered from one of the newer methods was found to be a good accumulative damage indicator. An unexpected result of the test showed that although the speed of the rig was held to within a band of six percent of the nominal speed, and the load within eighteen percent of nominal, the resulting speed and load variations substantially affected the performance of all of the gear fault detection techniques investigated. MM
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