Sensor platform for monitoring conveyor belt rollers

Cooper, David (2015) Sensor platform for monitoring conveyor belt rollers. [USQ Project]


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Conveyor belts are a critical part of many large mining and materials processing operations. Monitoring systems exist for almost every component of these belts except for the belt rollers themselves. In a typical conveyor system, there can be hundreds and often thousands of rollers in operation, and their performance is vital to the overall performance of the conveyor system.

This project developed a self-contained monitoring platform which can be integrated within each roller. The platform operates wirelessly and is self-powered, meaning it can be sealed inside the roller and does not require maintenance or external hardware.

The sensor platform monitors the RPM, vibration signature and temperature of the bearings within each roller. Temperature and vibration monitoring were successfully tested, however RPM measurement was not included in the final function set of the platform.

Using a wireless mesh, the sensor platform demonstrated a range of almost fifty metres when transmitting through a steel conveyor roller. The transmitted data correctly represented the state of the bearing in terms of its temperature and vibration.

By implementing real-time, online monitoring of the conveyor rollers in a materials transport system, the sensor platform is expected to reduce the costs of down time and improve safety for maintenance personnel.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering project
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Billingsley, John
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 01:12
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2016 01:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sensor, Conveyor, Roller, Wireless
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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