Rolling element bearing damage detection is one of the foremost concerns in rotating machinery. The difficulties in bearing defect diagnosis when the bearing has multiple defects increase, since unexpected changes occur in the amplitude of the bearing defect frequencies. In addition, the tendency toward condition-based maintenance (CBM) requires a better understanding of the fault progression due to the fact that multiple defects is one kind of fault development. In this paper, in order to detect multiple defects on one component of the bearing, a new method based on the high frequency resonance technique (HFRT) is introduced. The time constant in the envelope detector is used to find the pattern of the amplitude of defect frequency harmonics (ADFH) in the frequency domain. This method is based on a comparison of the ADFH with a curve, which is obtained from vibration modeling of the bearing. Two criteria are given for the diagnosis of multiple defects. The method is investigated with a simulation and a real experiment. Single and multiple defects are created on the outer race of the ball bearing at different angles. Additionally, the ADFH in the multiple faults experiments are calculated with the proposed mathematical modeling in order to check the accuracy of the model. The experimental results confirm the ability of the proposed method to diagnose multiple defects.

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