Diagnosing the failure or predicting the performance state of low-speed and heavy-load slewing bearings is a practical and effective method to reduce unexpected stoppage or optimize the maintenances. Many literatures focus on the performance prediction of small rolling bearings, while studies on slewing bearings' health evaluation are very rare. Among these rare studies, supervised or unsupervised data-driven models are often used alone, few researchers devote to remaining useful life (RUL) prediction using the joint application of two learning modes which could fully take diversity and complexity of slewing bearings' degradation and damage into consideration. Therefore, this paper proposes a clustering-based framework with aids of supervised models and multiple physical signals. Correlation analysis and principle component analysis (PCA)-based multiple sensitive features in time-domain are used to establish the performance recession indicators (PRIs) of torque, temperature, and vibration. Subsequently, these three indicators are divided into several parts representing different degradation periods via optimized self-organizing map (OSOM). Finally, corresponding data-driven life models of these degradation periods are generated. Experimental results indicate that multiple physical signals can effectively describe the degradation process. The proposed clustering-based framework is provided with a more accurate prediction of slewing bearings' RUL and well reflects the performance recession periods.
A Clustering-Based Framework for Performance Degradation Prediction of Slewing Bearing Using Multiple Physical Signals
Manuscript received August 22, 2018; final manuscript received January 23, 2019; published online April 15, 2019. Assoc. Editor: Zhen Hu.
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Ding, P., Wang, H., and Dai, Y. (April 15, 2019). "A Clustering-Based Framework for Performance Degradation Prediction of Slewing Bearing Using Multiple Physical Signals." ASME. ASME J. Risk Uncertainty Part B. June 2019; 5(2): 020908. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4042843
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