Accession Number : AD0883742

Title :   Mechanical Signature Analysis, a New Tool for Product Assurance and Early Fault Detection.

Descriptive Note : Technical information series,

Corporate Author : GENERAL ELECTRIC CO SCHENECTADY NY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Weichbrodt, Bjorn

Report Date : JUN 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : Sound and vibration signals have been useful for many years in judging the internal condition of machinery and structures. At the Research and Development Center, the interpretation and use of such signals is being developed from an art into a diagnostic technique. This technique, Mechanical Signature Analysis, uses external measurement of sound and vibration signals to diagnose internal condition or malfunctions and to detect incipient failure. Mechanical Signature Analysis has great potential as a unique tool for increasing the reliability and maintainability of a wide range of components, assemblies, and systems. This report discusses some of the fundamental ideas and their application to practical problems.

Descriptors :   *ACOUSTIC SIGNALS), *DIAGNOSIS(MEDICINE)), (*QUALITY CONTROL, (*NOISE ANALYZERS, ELECTRIC MOTOR NOISE, VIBRATION, FAILURE(MECHANICS), DETECTION, SOUND TRANSMISSION, PREDICTIONS, DEFECTS(MATERIALS), MAINTENANCE, FAILURE, RADIOFREQUENCY, ULTRASONIC RADIATION, ACOUSTIC IMPEDANCE, WAVE PROPAGATION, RELIABILITY, CHECKOUT EQUIPMENT, INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES, BALL BEARINGS.

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Acoustics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE