Citation: TRIBOLOGY INTERNATIONAL Volume: 30 Issue: 10 Pages: 739-752
Abstract: Two neural network based approaches, a multilayered feed forward neural network trained with supervised Error Back Propagation technique and an unsupervised Adaptive Resonance Theory-2 (ART2) based neural network were used for automatic detection/diagnosis of localized defects in ball bearings. Vibration acceleration signals were collected from a normal bearing and two different defective bearings under various load and speed conditions. The signals were processed to obtain various statistical parameters, which are good indicators of bearing condition, and these inputs were used to train the neural network and the output represented the ball bearing states, The trained neural networks were used for the recognition of ball bearing states. The results showed that the trained neural networks were able to distinguish a normal bearing from defective bearings with 100% reliability. Moreover, the networks were able to classify the ball bearings into different states with success rates better than those achieved with the best among the state-of-the-art techniques.