Rolling stock bearing condition monitoring systems

Lamari, Alfio Concetto (2008) Rolling stock bearing condition monitoring systems. [USQ Project]


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[Abstract]: The Australian sugar industry has evolved dramatically throughout its long history, having overcome numerous obstacles through the adoption and development of new systems and techniques. CSR Sugar has been at the
forefront of research and development into all aspects related to the sugar industry. The transportation of sugar cane, from the surrounding fields, to the sugar mills for processing is a very important facet to the production of raw sugar. However, problems associated with product transportation require constant innovative approaches and solutions, in an attempt to minimise impacts to safety, environment and health, whilst maximising equipment reliability.

The purpose of this dissertation is to review the current CSR Sugar rolling stock bearing condition monitoring systems and to research the suitability of other systems and techniques to improve the current preventative maintenance programs.

The current wheel bearing condition monitoring methods used by CSR will be investigated to determine their potential weaknesses and identify areas which would benefit through implemented improvements. Information collated through researching industries that utilise rail systems and other specific technologies, will provide possible alternatives to current CSR systems requirements. Conducting a generalised cost analysis on particular adaptations and or improvements of equipment will illustrate the options available based on a financial perspective.

This investigation seeks to identify problems that currently affect the safety, health, reliability and maintenance costs associated with sugar cane wagons.
The benefits of utilising the investigative results will assist in facilitating improvements through the implementation of suitable, financially viable alternatives; hence increasing revenue and therefore providing the Australian sugar industry with a more positive future.

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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)
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2009 05:43
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: sugar cane; CSR Sugar; sugar cane bin; axle bearing; maintenance
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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