Diagnosis based on vibration analysis is a method that has many benefits to offer. It is easy to implement the method on existing transmissions by attaching accelerometers outside the gearbox housing. If you have knowledge of the gearbox geometry, such as number of tooth on the gears and types of bearings, and any unwanted frequencies can be filtered out a good estimation of the gearbox condition can be achieved.
In this project a number of condition indicators have been tested to identify and isolate different faults that may appear. All analysing have been done in the time domain on different synchronously averaged signals. The condition indicators have been used together with diagnosis theory from the division of Vehicular systems to create a diagnosis system able to find faults on a number of modelled signals.
Source: Linköping University
Author: Bengtsson, Jonas