Investigation into a fleet bearing monitoring system

Craig, Aston J. (2011) Investigation into a fleet bearing monitoring system. [USQ Project]


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The Australian Sugar Industry is a significant economic contributor along the Queensland and Northern New South Wales coastlines. The majority of cane processing factories utilise a rail network and rolling stock (i.e. locomotives and cane wagons) for the transport of the sugar cane to the
factory for processing. Rolling stock derailments are a significant problem within these transport systems. These derailments create major safety, environment and financial risks to businesses like Sucrogen, the industry
partner for this project.

A significant proportion (in some seasons up to 20%) of these derailments is root caused by wagon axle bearing failures. Like most rolling element bearings, the wagon bearings exhibit random failure modes and failure is
therefore unpredictable based on service interval.

This dissertation investigates the use of various condition monitoring methods with respect to identifying a cost effective method for on-line bearing monitoring for cane wagon bearings.

Through a review of bearing failure theory and identification of the failure lead indicators, selection of a system design layout was achieved. The system design was realised as a prototype system for evaluation as a measurement and data management tool for integration with a wagon identification system.

Using the prototype system components, experimental trials were conducted to evaluate the system components’ suitability for the application. This testing identified the system to be successful in the application. Future direction for the research was presented based on the findings of the experimental testing. This will allow the development of the system further to achieve a stand alone, on-line derailment prevention system.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Supervisors: Fulcher, Robert
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2012 05:47
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: fleet bearing; on-line bearing monitoring; on-line derailment prevention system
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4017 Mechanical engineering > 401799 Mechanical engineering not elsewhere classified

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