Multi-layer neural network with deep belief network for gearbox fault diagnosis

Zhiqiang Chen, Chuan Li, René Vinicio Sánchez

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© 2015, JVE INTERNATIONAL LTD. Identifying gearbox damage categories, especially for early faults and combined faults, is a challenging task in gearbox fault diagnosis. This paper presents multiple classifiers based on multi-layer neural networks (MLNN) to implement vibration signals for fault diagnosis in gearbox. A MLNN-based learning architecture using deep belief network (MLNNDBN) is proposed for gearbox fault diagnosis. Training process of the proposed learning architecture includes two stages: A deep belief network is constructed firstly, and then is trained; after a certain amount of epochs, the weights of deep belief network are used to initialize the weights of the constructed MLNN; at last, the trained MLNN is used as classifiers to classify gearbox faults. Multidimensional feature sets including time-domain, frequency-domain features are extracted to reveal gear health conditions. Experiments with different combined faults were conducted, and the vibration signals were captured under different loads and motor speeds. To confirm the superiority of MLNNDBN in fault classification, its performance is compared with other MLNN-based methods with different fine-tuning schemes and relevant vector machine. The achieved accuracy indicates that the proposed approach is highly reliable and applicable in fault diagnosis of industrial reciprocating machinery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2379-2392
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Vibroengineering
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015


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