Phase editing for enhanced diagnosis of bearing faults under variable speed conditions

L. Barbini, Mario Eltabach, J. L. DuBois

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The computation of the squared envelope spectrum (SES) on vibration data collected from a rotating machine is a common tool used to diagnose a defective bearing. To enhance the diagnosis, pre-processing methods have to be implemented, before the evaluation of the SES, to suppress vibrations from sources other than the bearings. Conventionally suppression of the spurious components is achieved by exploiting either their separation in the frequency domain or the contrast between deterministic signals and the random vibration components from a defective bearing. Recently the phase editing method (PE) was used to exploit another characteristic of the vibration signal to improve diagnosis in stationary speed conditions. PE caters to, and exploits the scenario where vibrations from a defective bearing have small amplitude compared to vibrations from other components, effectively thresholding the amplitudes of the spectral components of a signal. In this paper the PE method is applied analytically and experimentally to a broader class of machinery, encompassing machines with varying speed conditions. It is demonstrated that the separation of the bearing component and masking components is equally effective in the non-stationary case.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWCCM 2017 - 1st World Congress on Condition Monitoring 2017
PublisherBritish Institute of Non-Destructive Testing
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event1st World Congress on Condition Monitoring 2017, WCCM 2017 - London, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Jun 201716 Jun 2017


Conference1st World Congress on Condition Monitoring 2017, WCCM 2017
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom


  • Bearing fault detection
  • Phase editing
  • Squared envelope spectrum
  • Variable speed conditions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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