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Intelligent Bearing

iBearing

Intelligent Bearing

Call for proposal: 
H2020-CS2-CFP01-2014-01
Link to CORDIS:
Background & policy context: 

Bearing condition monitoring is an important task in any rotary machine application, given that a bearing is a Single Point of Failure that can lead to catastrophic failure of an entire system. A variety of scenarios can arise from a bearing failure, ranging from only a little monetary loss to hard human fatalities. Accordingly, to the risk presented by each system, a wide set of monitoring techniques may be considered, from a simple periodic monitoring routine, usually performed locally by an operator, to a permanently online system that triggers warnings or alarms when a fault is detected on a bearing.

Objectives: 

The ultimate aim of iBearing is to monitor the bearing in real-time, and directly in the structure of the bearing, being subjected to the same surrounding harsh environment defined by oil lubricant and high temperatures. Moreover, the proposed system will apply an advanced data fusion algorithm capable of integrating sensorial data from several sources simultaneously, namely temperature, low frequency accelerations, acoustic emission waves, and quality of the lubricant, in order to calculate the most reliable prediction of the time to failure, without intervention of any testing operator.

The consortium composed by Active Space Technologies, Cranfield University, and Schaeffler intend study the best solutions to achieve the iBearing goal. The selected solutions will be designed, implemented and tested on the Schaeffler test rigs, in the framework of the present activity. The final iBearing product will be a miniaturized and integrated piece of equipment to install in any bearing, just requiring minimal adaptations to the shape of new bearings.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Lead Organisation: 

Active Space Technologies, Actividades Aeroespaciais S.a.

Address: 
PARQUE INDUSTRIAL DE TAVEIRO LOTE 12
3045 508 COIMBRA
Portugal
EU Contribution: 
€232,378
Partner Organisations: 

Schaeffler Technologies Ag & Co. Kg

Address: 
INDUSTRIESTR 1-3
91074 HERZOGENAURACH
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€67,038

Cranfield Aerospace Limited

Address: 
Cranfield University Campus Hangar 2
Cranfield
MK43 0AL
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€200,861
Technologies: 
Development phase: