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Constructing a Reliable Health Indicator for Bearings Using Convolutional Autoencoder and Continuous Wavelet Transform

Version 1 : Received: 23 November 2020 / Approved: 23 November 2020 / Online: 23 November 2020 (14:34:58 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 11 December 2020 / Approved: 11 December 2020 / Online: 11 December 2020 (11:59:20 CET)

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Kaji, M.; Parvizian, J.; Venn, H.W. Constructing a Reliable Health Indicator for Bearings Using Convolutional Autoencoder and Continuous Wavelet Transform. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 8948. Kaji, M.; Parvizian, J.; Venn, H.W. Constructing a Reliable Health Indicator for Bearings Using Convolutional Autoencoder and Continuous Wavelet Transform. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 8948.

Journal reference: Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 8948
DOI: 10.3390/app10248948

Abstract

Estimating the remaining useful life (RUL) of components is a crucial task to enhance the reliability, safety, productivity, and to reduce maintenance cost. In general, predicting the RUL of a component includes constructing a health indicator (HI) to infer the current condition of the component, and modelling the degradation process, to estimate the future behavior. Although many signal processing and data-driven based methods were proposed to construct the HI, most of the existing methods are based on manual feature extraction techniques, and need the prior knowledge of experts, or rely on a large amount of failure data. Therefore, in this study, a new data-driven method based on the convolutional autoencoder (CAE) is presented to construct the HI. For this purpose, the continuous wavelet transform (CWT) technique is used to convert the raw acquired vibrational signals into a two-dimensional image; then, the CAE model, which learns the healthy operation data distribution, is used to construct the HI. The proposed method is tested on a benchmark bearing dataset and compared with several other traditional HI construction models. Experimental results indicate that the constructed HI exhibits a monotonically increasing degradation trend and has a good performance to detect incipient faults.

Subject Areas

health indicator; performance degradation assessment; deep learning; vibration monitoring; bearing; remaining useful life; digital twin

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