Test rig and simulation environment for model-based monitoring

Benjamin Heckmann, Lucas Ginzinger, Heinz Ulbrich

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With the aim to provide the basis for model-based monitoring of rotor systems a test rig and an appropriate simulation environment has been developed. Therewith several damages shall be replicated and investigated. In a first approach an unbalanced rotor system and an increasing clearance in a journal bearing are analysed. Therefore extensive experiments with the rotor test rig have been conducted. The implemented test system is modelled with a simulation environment called MBSim (http://mbsim.berlios.de). This simulation environment, developed at the Institute of Applied Mechanics, is based on a framework for the efficient simulation of multi-body-systems with unilateral contacts and elastic elements. Therewith typical defects in rotating machinery can be replicated and critical effects can be investigated. The simulation includes a spatial bending-torsional beam and unilateral contacts with friction and impacts. So it 's possible for instance to model unilateral contacts in journal bearings with clearance between shaft and bearing. Experiment and simulation are consistent with each other in a very wide range, so the basis for the higher aim of a model-based fault detection and identification is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2009
Subtitle of host publicationPower for Land, Sea and Air
Number of pages9
EditionPART B
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 ASME Turbo Expo - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 8 Jun 200912 Jun 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo
NumberPART B


Conference2009 ASME Turbo Expo
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


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