In this work, vibration characteristic diagnosis of misalignment rotor in loosely fitted bearing is investigated using dimensional analysis (DA) approach. A comprehensive empirical model (EM) using nondimensional parameters is developed to diagnose the rotor-bearing system, and EM model has been validated through an experimental setup developed in-house. Experiments are performed for various defects such as misalignment and bearing looseness. The EM results can be used to monitor the real-time conditions of the rotor-bearing system. This work also presents the effect of misalignment and bearing looseness under various load and speed conditions. Further, work has been extended to predict the combined effect of bearing looseness and misalignment. It has been found that EM model predictions of the vibration amplitude are better when compared to experimental results.

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