Observation of Time-Frequency Characteristics of the Acoustic Emission from Defects in Rolling Element Bearings

YY He, XM Zhang (Tsinghua University, PR China) & MI Friswell (Swansea University)

Insight - Non-Destructive Testing and Condition Monitoring, Vol. 58, No. 8, August 2010, pp. 412-418

Abstract

Parameter analysis is the traditional and widely used method for the analysis of acoustic emission (AE) signals, due to its simplicity and easy realization. However, this approach has limitations and is not suitable for detailed analysis of the signals, and waveform based methods are becoming attractive for the analysis of AE signals. This paper uses waveform based analysis methods to investigate the time-frequency characteristics of AE signals arising from defects in rolling element bearings. This includes the composition of the signals, the generation mechanism of the defects, and the influence of the operational condition of the bearing on these characteristics. The wavelet scalogram of the continuous wavelet transform is used to perform the qualitative analysis and the discrete wavelet transform is used for the quantitative analysis. The results demonstrate that the operational condition of the bearing will influence the time domain, the frequency domain and the time-frequency domain characteristics of the AE signals in various ways. The results also prove that the wavelet transform, and especially the wavelet scalogram, has great potential for the waveform based analysis of AE signal from defects.

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Link to paper using doi:10.1784/insi.2010.52.8.412

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