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Evaluation of the Performance of Infrared Thermography for On-Line Condition Monitoring of Rotating Machines

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This study evaluated the possibility of infrared thermography to measure accurately the temperature of elements of a rotating device, within the scope of condition monitoring. The tested machine was a blower coupled to a 500 kW electric motor, that operated in multiples regimes. The thermograms were acquired by a fixed thermographic camera and were processed and recorded every 15 minutes. Because the normal temperature variations could easily mask a drift caused by a failure, a corrected temperature was computed using autorecursive models. It was shown that an efficient temperature correction should compensate for the variations of the process, and for the ambient temperatures variations, either daily or seasonal. The standard deviation of the corrected temperature was of a few tenth of degree, making possible the detection of a drift of less than one degree and the prediction of potential failure.

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V. Leemans, M. Destain, B. Kilundu and P. Dehombreux, "Evaluation of the Performance of Infrared Thermography for On-Line Condition Monitoring of Rotating Machines," Engineering, Vol. 3 No. 10, 2011, pp. 1030-1039. doi: 10.4236/eng.2011.310128.

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