Toward diagnostics of water-lubricated bearings of naval vessels by vibration analysis

Omri Matania, Shani Heletz, Renata Klein, Morel Groper, Jacob Bortman

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Sliding bearings are mechanical components used for rotor support of high-load mechanical systems. It is assumed that a change in the lubrication regime at a known operational point is a result of an anomaly in the bearing operation such as an increased load, lack of lubricant, and damage to the bearing surface or wear. Detection of this phenomenon will enable diagnostics of the bearing. In this study, we present a novel technique for estimating the transition point between synchronous and asynchronous interactions of the shaft and bearing which is related to the transition between lubrication regimes of a water-lubricated bearing of a marine vessel by vibration analysis. The new technique is demonstrated on an experimental system that reproduces the operation of a water-lubricated bearing. The results demonstrate the ability of using vibration analysis to identify changes in the operating condition of a water-lubricated bearing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2565-2578
Number of pages14
JournalStructural Health Monitoring
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2023

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  • Vibration analysis
  • background estimation
  • lubrication regimes
  • synchronous interactions
  • water-lubricated bearing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Biophysics


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