Bearing faults and broken bars simulation in an induction motor using an engineering tool

Gustavo Caiza, Carlos Andres Garcia, Baldui Blanque-Molina, Marcelo Vladimir Garcia

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Industrial processes require reliable, safe, and continuous operation of electric motors. However, unexpected failures result in production losses, high emergency maintenance costs, damage to other related machines and prolonged shutdowns. Therefore, the development of failure analysis, detection and prevention systems is of high importance for the industrial sector. The following paper proposes the generation of a model of a squirrel cage induction motor in the software tool Simulink capable of simulating: i) broken bars and broken rotor rings, and ii) failures in the bearings of the motor, based on the Motor Current Signature Analysis (MCSA) technique which is a non-invasive method. Moreover, the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) analysis is used to perform spectral investigation on the current to detect specific components that characterize faults in these conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012158
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - 28 Sep 2020
Event3rd International Conference on Mechanical, Electric and Industrial Engineering, MEIE 2020 - Virtual, Online, China
Duration: 18 Jun 2020 → …

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Funding Information:
This work was financed under project DPI2015-68602-R (MINECO/FEDER, UE), UPV/EHU under project PES18/48 and GIU 18/162, and Universidad Técnica de Ambato (UTA) and their Research and Development Department (DIDE) under project CONIN-P-0167-2017.

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