Towsyfyan, Hossein, Wei, Nasha, Gu, Fengshou and Ball, Andrew (2015) Identification of lubrication Regimes in Mechanical Seals using Acoustic Emission for Condition Monitoring. In: The 54th Annual Conference ofThe British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing BINDT 2015, 8th - 10th September 2015, Telford, UK.

The quality of lubrication condition between seal faces directly affects the reliability, operating life and sealing performance of mechanical seals. Thus, the identification of lubrication regimes in face seals i.e. boundary lubrication (BL), mixed lubrication (ML) and hydrodynamic lubrication (HL) is of high importance for developing effective online condition monitoring approaches. This paper investigates the tribological behaviour and frictional characteristics of mechanical seals based on nonintrusive acoustic emission (AE) measurements. Mathematical models for AE generation mechanisms are derived based on the tribological behaviour and operating parameters of mechanical seals. They produce agreeable results with experimental data in explaining the types of AE signals observed in monitoring the face lubrication conditions. Frequency domain analysis of data shows that the viscous friction process generates more low frequency AE signals, whereas the asperity interactions show more high frequency AE. Moreover, the feasibility of using statistical parameters of the time domain data is shown to identify the lubrication regimes in face seals.

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