A Rotating Machinery Fault Diagnosis Method Based on Feature Learning of Thermal Images

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Author(s)

  • Zhen Jia
  • Zhenbao Liu
  • Chi-Man Vong
  • Michael Pecht

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number8616759
Pages (from-to)12348-12359
Journal / PublicationIEEE Access
Volume7
Online published17 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Abstract

The rotating machinery plays a vital role in industrial systems, in which unexpected mechanical faults during operation can lead to severe consequences. For fault prevention, many fault diagnostic methods based on vibration signals are available in the literature. However, the vibration signals are obtained by using different types of sensors, which can cause sensor installation issues and damage the rotating machinery. In addition, this kind of data acquisition through vibration signal induces a large amount of signal noise during machine operation, which will challenge the later fault diagnosis. A recent fault detection method based on infrared thermography (IRT) for rotating machinery avoids these issues. However, the corresponding literature is limited by the fact that the characteristics of the manual design cannot characterize the fault completely so that the diagnostic accuracy cannot exceed the diagnostic method based on the vibration signals. This paper introduces a popular image feature extraction method into the fault diagnosis of rotating machinery based on IRT for the first time. First, capturing the IRT images of the rotating machinery in different states, and then two popular feature extraction methods for IRT images, bag-of-visual-word, and convolutional neural network, are tested in turn. Finally, the extracted features are classified to implement the automatic fault diagnosis. The developed method is applied to analyze the experimental IRT images collected from bearings, and the results demonstrate that the developed method is more effective than the traditional methods based on vibration signals.

Research Area(s)

  • bag-of-visual-words, convolutional neural network, Fault diagnosis, feature recognition, infrared thermography

Citation Format(s)

A Rotating Machinery Fault Diagnosis Method Based on Feature Learning of Thermal Images. / Jia, Zhen; Liu, Zhenbao; Vong, Chi-Man; Pecht, Michael.

In: IEEE Access, Vol. 7, 8616759, 2019, p. 12348-12359.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review