Title: Predictive maintenance of a worm reducer with an unbalanced load

Authors: Aparecido Carlos Gonçalves; Amarildo Tabone Paschoalini; Marcio Antônio Bazani

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering of Ilha Solteira, UNESP-University of State of Sao Paulo, Av. Brazil, 56, Ilha Solteira, SP, Brazil ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering of Ilha Solteira, UNESP-University of State of Sao Paulo, Av. Brazil, 56, Ilha Solteira, SP, Brazil ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering of Ilha Solteira, UNESP-University of State of Sao Paulo, Av. Brazil, 56, Ilha Solteira, SP, Brazil

Abstract: Among all predictive maintenance techniques the oil analysis and vibration analysis are the most important for monitoring some mechanical systems. The integration of these techniques has potential to improve industrial maintenance practices and provide a better economic gain for industries. To study the integration of these two techniques, a test rig was set up to obtain an extreme working condition for the worm reducer used in this paper. The test rig was composed by a motor connected to a reducer through a flexible coupling and with an unbalanced load. The analysis of the results carried out by using a sample of the oil recommended by the manufacturer in extreme conditions, and using liquid contaminant is presented. From the results it was observed that if there is an abnormal instantaneous load in a system, the subsequent vibration analysis may not perceive what occurred if there was no permanent damage, which is not the case with the lubricant analysis.

Keywords: predictive maintenance; oil analysis; vibration analysis; tribology; wear; worm reducer; unbalanced loads; flexible coupling; lubricant analysis; lubrication.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSURFSE.2014.065835

International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering, 2014 Vol.8 No.4, pp.302 - 317

Received: 23 Oct 2013
Accepted: 15 Apr 2014

Published online: 23 Nov 2014 *

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